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Friday Morning Fly By: We’re a joke now

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

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*The Flyers lost 8-3. Recap.

*We got a lovely little video yesterday from practice, showing the team rallying around Oskar Lindblom for a reason we don’t yet know. Whatever it is, it’s good, and if anyone deserves good things, it’s Oskar. [NBC Sports Philly]

*A couple of days ago Chuck Fletcher came out in defense of young players like Lindblom, most of whom are underachieving in a major way this season. Chuck doesn’t expect that to be the norm. [The Athletic]

*Chuck also suggested we might start seeing some Phantoms rotated into the lineup which seems like a fun idea, given the current state of things. [Inquirer]

*Trade rumors continue to surround the Flyers, naturally, and focus seems to have shifted from Mattias Ekholm to another Predators defenseman, Ryan Ellis. So would he fit well on this Flyers team? [BSH]

*Reading this article requires a subscription, but if you can scare one up Wysh’s deep dive into Carter Hart’s terrible season is well worth a read. [ESPN]

*The NCAA tourney begins today and you can catch a few promising Flyers’ prospects taking part in it, if you’re into that kind of thing. [Inquirer]

*Hey look, it’s not just the Philly media that puts insane undue pressure on young goaltenders! [New York Post]

*Pierre McGuire says the Flyers will be active at the deadline, which is rapidly approaching:

*If they can find a good trade with a Canadian team, the Canadian government just made it a whole lot easier for that to happen. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, it’s Friday! Which means new Flyperbole! Yay! [BSH]