Tuesday Morning Fly By: And we're off

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

Tuesday Morning Fly By: And we're off
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*The playoffs are fully underway after last night's action and it seems like this year's first round is really going to deliver, fun-wise. If you've not yet chosen a bandwagon, we have a handy guide that may help you. [BSH]

*We also gathered 'round the table at the ol'BSH headquarters (a Slack chat room on the internet, we are very online) and made some predictions for the first round. First up was the Eastern Conference... [BSH]

*... and then we took a stab at what might happen out West. [BSH]

*This is the first Stanley Cup Playoffs without one of Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin since the two entered the league. Which is pretty nuts, when you think about it. Still plenty of firepower to watch, though. [AP]

*We heard from John Tortorella and Danny Briere yesterday, and the biggest news? Well... I think we all knew Charlie O'Connor wasn't a reliable 200-ft player.

*Also got a little insight into John Tortorella's coaching style which sounds a bit exhausting if you ask me. [Inquirer]

*He had a lot to say about The Kids, some of whom are playing an important role up in Allentown for the Phantoms' playoff push. [NHL.com]

*The tidbits we got from Danny Briere were a lot more interesting and seemed to make it pretty clear that he's interim in name only. [Inquirer]

*Anyhoo, a hot goaltender is sometimes all you need to take you all the way to the Stanley Cup (hello, The Blues), so it's worth noting which teams have the goalies most likely to carry them. [Sportsnet]

*DGB's latest also takes a stab at predictions, since it's high season for predictions and all. Also takes a look at the idea of the Gold Draft. WHICH LOOKS LIKE A GREAT IDEA RIGHT NOW. [The Athletic]

*And finally, on a related note... c'mon Gary. You know what to do here: