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Saturday Morning Fly By: Happy trails Joe Watson, Hextall’s draft history, and COVID-19 ravages the Flyers

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Hello everybody and welcome, to the triumphant return of the weekend Fly By: your open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes…

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Puck drop...happy trails to former Flyers Hall of Famer Joe Watson, who is retiring after spending 54 years with the Orange and Black.

*Former Flyers GM Ron Hextall is now current Penguins GM Ron Hextall to you — but was his draft record *really* all that great? [BSH]

*Yo, the Flyers aren’t playing hockey anytime soon; but Cam York, Jay O’Brien, Jack St. Ivany, and others sure as heck are this weekend. [BSH]

*Travis Sanheim is a former Hextall pick, and without spoiling Brad’s article above — he’s gooooooooood. [BSH]

*More on Hextall because, well, there’s ain’t much else — unless you’re super into depressing COVID-19 roster moves. [BSH]

*Speaking of nothing else, with things halted to a standstill, the fellas from Flyperbole fill the void. [BSH]

*Oskar Lindblom has been added to the COVID-19 along with a couple other Flyers. [Inquirer]

*How can the Flyers approach their COVID-related pause? By looking toward their veterans. [Inquirer]

*Hear firsthand, the adversity endured by the NHL’s first Black player to score 40 goals in a season. [NHL]

*Lots of GOAT talk this week in wake of Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl — he lost 41-33 to the Eagles in Super Bowl 52 — but Wayne Gretzky is really the GOAT...or is he? [The Worldwide Leader+]

*Goals in the North Division have been unfairly treated by the likes of Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Leon Draisaitl, and that’s a shame. [NHL]

*The NHL is *finally* considering changes to the draft lottery system after years of nonsense — including this past years’ extreme nonsense. [40% off at the Athletic]