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Thursday Morning Fly By: Winter’s here

Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes…

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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Stadium Build Out Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

*Everybody enjoy that lovely bit of snow? It was beautiful. Here’s hoping it’s the start of a real, actual winter here in the Philadelphia region. Wouldn’t that be nice?! Anyhoo, while it was nice that the NHL landed on a starting date a week or so back, there is still a whole bunch of stuff up in the air. [BSH]

*We know all of this because Gary Bettman had a little talk with the press yesterday. As he is wont to do. [Sportsnet]

*Charlie takes on the idea of Ivan Provorov without Matt Niskanen, and ponders the ways in which this could turn out for all of us. [The Athletic]

*Our boy up in Halifax, Elliot Desnoyers, continues to be arguably the most exciting prospect in the Flyers’ system at the moment. [NBC Sports Philly]

*We talked about it a few days back but the NHL has hinted that they may end up buying, through private sale, enough vaccines to distribute to their players and staff. Is this bad? [Hockey Wilderness]

*And finally, our (and everyone’s, really) old pal Jaromir Jagr is about to kick off his thirty third year of professional hockey. He’s been playing hockey longer than most of you reading this have been alive, and he still looks great doing it. What a legend. [TSN]