Friday Morning Fly By: Almost Gameday

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

  • The NHL announced their teams for the Winter Classic next year, and it will be Washington at Pittsburgh in Heinz Field. [Puck Daddy]
  • But there will also be Montreal at Calgary sometime in February: [Hockey or Die]
  • You love to hear this: "I can’t wait to wake up Saturday and get ready to play.  It took me 12 years to get to this point and I’m sure the rest of the guys feel the same way." - Kimmo Timonen [DelcoTimes]
  • A nice compilation of the different paths both teams took to get to the Finals: [Hockey or Die]
  • Comparing Duncan Keith to a young Chris Pronger. [CSNPhilly]
  • It never gets old remembering how the Flyers acquired Ville Leino: [SBNation]
  • Really good articles on Patrick Sharp.  Always a favorite. [CSNPhilly] [Daily News]
  • Looking at the time Chris Pronger spent playing for Joel Quenneville in St. Louis: [From the Rink]
  • It's worth clicking just to see the picture, but any Chris Pronger press is well deserved. [Daily News]
  • Hey, did you know Michael Leighton was drafted by Chicago? [CSNPhilly]
  • Ian Laperriere is a "heart and soul guy."  Yeah, he is. [Inquirer]
  • Brian Boucher says he's medically cleared to back up Leighton, but it's up to the coaches. [John Boruk]
  • But goalie coach Jeff Reese deserves a lot of credit that he isn't exactly getting: [The700Level]
  • Paul Holmgren feels vindicated, but he didn't ever need to. [Daily News]
  • The much-hyped scoring depth is finally showing up in the playoffs. [CSNPhilly]
  • So who has the better forwards, Chicago or Philadelphia? [Puck Daddy]
  • A series of articles by the Daily News, comparing former Flyers to current ones. MacLeish to RichardsBarber on Carter; Schultz on Carcillo; Parent on Leighton; and Van Impe on Pronger.
  • An interview with Second City Hockey: [From The Rink]
  • Bill Clement enjoys working in the booth. We enjoy you too, Bill. [Daily News]
  • The NHL released a new ad entitled "No Words".  It's pretty good. [Puck Daddy]
  • More quotes from Sami Kapanen regarding his retirement. [EuroFlyers]
  • Only because he's been discussed around here, recapping Michal Neuvirth's season: [Japers' Rink]
  • Patrick Thoresen has "a good feeling that things will work out with the Flyers within a few days." [EuroFlyers]
  • The worst and weirdest no-movement clauses. [Bangin Panger]
  • Great read on goalies and short-handed save percentage. [Brodeur is a Fraud]
  • Lastly, the Flyers are one of "only three teams that consistently try to avoid selecting goaltenders early in the draft." [The Copper & Blue]
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