Wednesday Morning Fly By: Jody Shelley Goes Up a Notch

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

  • Michael Leighton cleared waivers today and is on his way to the Phantoms: [BSH] [Philly Sports Daily] [The700Level.com] [CSNPhilly] [Frequent Flyers]
  • Audio of an interview with Leighton: [SWhyno]
  • The Leighton story is truly fascinating, and here it's covered again: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Frank Seravalli talks about Leighton passing through waivers, with video of practice, Laviolette, and Leighton packing his bags. [Frequent Flyers]
  • Tim McManus covers the Leighton story from a Phantoms perspective, and gives notes on today's practice: [PostStar.com]
  • Nik Zherdev is still suffering from a "lower-body" injury. Sorry, Paul Holmgren called it a "lower-body issue". Whatever that means: [Philly Sports Daily] 
  • Chris Pronger is apparently seeing his foot heal properly. There's some good news: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Cool story out of Voorhees today as Jody Shelley invited a fan into the locker room to get autographs, just because he was wearing his navy uniform. The man promptly ditched his girlfriend to go in: [Flyer Files]
  • Denis Bodrov registered his 5th point in 30 games yesterday. Random fact: Stefan Ruzicka leads Bodrov's team in scoring: [euroflyers]
  • The fan voting portion of the NHL All-Star game is over, and 4 Penguins and 2 'Hawks are in the lineup: [NHL.com] Here's the final balloting: [NHL.com]
  • Why the fan voting is a joke: [SBNation.com]
  • The remainder of the Fantasy Draft pool will be announced January 11th: [NHL.com]
  • The League of Extraordinary Statisticians (me included this time!) are asked whether "goons" help or hurt their teams: [Behind The Net]
  • The worst faceoff takers so far this year: [Puck Daddy]
  • Is there any chance the World Junior Championships come to US TV? [From The Rink]
  • In the "Where are they now?" file, former Phantom Nate Guenin was traded to Anaheim, marking this (at least) his third team in two years: [The Cannon]
  • Is it time to worry about the Lightning? They trade for Dwayne Roloson, then they sign Marc-Andre Bergeron [Raw Charge] and now Roloson shuts out the Caps in his first game in TB: [NHL.com]
  • Not really hockey related, but a great way to waste half an hour: The best animated GIFs from sports this year: [SBNation.com]
  • Lastly, there's another Pick-Up game this Sunday, January 9th. Details can be found here: [BSH]
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