Wednesday Morning Fly By: It’s gonna be a long one

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

*Have an extra cup or three this morning, pals, it’s our first Flyers After Dark™ game of the season tonight out in Edmonton. And the Flyers will be without Ryan Ellis. Against Connor McDavid. Bad news! [NBC Sports Philly]

*Speaking of Ellis, there’s a reason he’s become so important to this team so quickly. He’s just really dang good. [Inquirer]

*This early in the season Alain Vigneault is still figuring things out, one of those things being the best composition of the fourth line. He hasn’t nailed it yet. [BSH]

*Charlie closes out the home stand that kicked things off with his latest Observations. [The Athletic]

*The Flyers’ Alumni game taking place in a couple of weeks is shaping up to be a lot of fun. Tickets are pretty cheap, too. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Former Phantom Nolan Baumgartner is being inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame, that’s pretty cool. [LV Phantoms]

*Yesterday the results of the independent investigation into the allegations against the Blackhawks organization were released and somehow it’s all worse than you could’ve imagined. [Second City Hockey]

*Someone made Gritty into an anime cartoon and while I don’t understand the references at all, it looks cool as heck. [SB Nation]

*And finally, new BSH Radio! We dig into the first four games, the Metro, and the fun-sounding Alumni game roster. [BSH]