Thursday Morning Fly By: Mr. Belding!

CHICAGO - MAY 29: Danny Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates with teammates Matt Carle #25, Chris Pronger #20, Scott Hartnell #19 as Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks down in the first peiod of Game One of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on May 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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

  • Flyers are preparing for the draft despite this cringe inducing factoid: "The Flyers' second-round pick this year belongs to Los Angeles , who acquired it in a deal for Denis Gauthier in 2008." [Daily News]
  • They're also starting (really?) their search for a goalie: [CSNPhilly]
  • Speaking of goalies, I don't know who GCobb is, but he says no to Tim Thomas and Antero Niittymaki, but is okay with Evgeni Nabokov for "under $4 million": [GCOBB]
  • By now you've heard about the Blackhawks/Thrashers trade, where Chicago cleared some cap space. [From The Rink]
  • Great headline: "Dudes You Hated on the Blackhawks Now Dudes You Hate on the Thrashers" [The700level]
  • Is Dustin Byfuglien overrated? [Behind the Net]
  • The Hawks also traded Colin Fraser to the Oilers: [The Copper & Blue]
  • "Thrashers Trade D Mike Vernace, F Brett Sterling and a 7th Round Selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to San Jose for Future Considerations" [kausatoday]
  • Official cap numbers for next season: $59.4 mil, $43.4 mil floor. [TSNBobMcKenzie]
  • Outraged over the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees? It's your fault. [Puck Daddy]
  • Craig Ramsey will be named the new Thrashers Head Coach: [tsnjamesduthie]
  • Jonathan Toews is officially(?) the NHL11 cover athlete, except in Sweden and Switzerland. [From the Rink]
  • New Islanders road jerseys, new Kings throwbacks, Sharks and Blue Jackets get commemorative patches, and the AHL unveils two logos. [icethetics]
  • Joacim Eriksson participated in his teams triathlon, finishing 6th.  Video of him finishing under severe cramps while "Gonna Fly Now" plays: [euroflyers]
  • Analyzing PDO.  Don't know what it is? Learn. [Behind the Net]
  • Lastly, and completely unrelated to the Flyers, Mr. Belding threw out the first pitch in Reading last night.  He's looking...pretty bad. [The Fightins]
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