Thursday Morning Fly By: Changes on the way

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

Thursday Morning Fly By: Changes on the way
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*The rebuild is underway, and the fans can take it, despite what Flyers brass seemed to have thought. [BSH]

*It's award season, and the teams are making their nominations for the King Clancy once again. This year, for the Flyers, it's Scott Laughton! [NBCSP]

*In case you were wondering, here are all of the nominees from all of the teams around the league. [NHL]

*Speaking of award season, the races for The Big Awards are heating up. [The Athletic]

*If we're looking for a reason for optimism, the Flyers look like they've got themselves a very good internal option for their backup goalie. Let's talk about Sam Ersson, who had a very solid run last season. [BSH]

*More good news: Cutter Gauthier took an elbow to the head and left Tuesday's World Championship pretournament game, but after all of that drama, he is fine. [Inquier]

*And in more like maybe news... the list of remaining candidates for the President of Hockey Operations gig is narrowing. And the frontrunners are... something. [Daily Faceoff]

*In fact, we might just have it narrowed all the way down? [BSH]

*The Flyers are picking seventh in the draft, and we're looking at some players who might be available to them in that spot. [Inquirer]

*On that note: here's another mock draft! [The Athletic]

*Sorry to close this one out on a downer, but here we are. A new study has found that NHL enforcers are, on average, dying 10 years youger than their peers. [TSN]