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Thursday Morning Fly By: Lockout looming?

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

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*The... negotiations? Conversations? PR media releases? related to the NHL’s yet-to-be-made plan for the upcoming season are getting spicier, as now Gary Bettman has stepped to the microphone to try and explain the owner’s position. [AP]

*And despite asking the players to renegotiate part of the deal they made very recently, Bettman swears he isn’t asking the players to renegotiate part of the deal they made very recently. [TSN]

*It’s all just very messy. So, so messy. [Sportsnet]

*There is a very real possibility that the ownership group decided that this season should just be cancelled. This seems very bad for the sport, generally. [Mile High Hockey]

*As a result, the Flyers — and everybody else! — have to wait in a holding pattern, unable to plan training camps or get anything going at all, really. [Inquirer]

*Do you folks think it is weird that there have been practically zero NHL transactions during this entire offseason? In a normal offseason, stuff happens. This one? Nothing. Everything is weird. [The Athletic]

*Everything isn’t bleak on the hockey front, though! We’re gonna get some hockey on Christmas Day, and we’re going to get to see some future Flyers do their thing. Can’t wait. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Whenever we do get around the NHL hockey, look for these guys to break out. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, while we know Carter Hart is The Man on this team going forward, the Flyers have some pretty good goalies in the organization worth paying attention to. [BSH]