Monday Morning Fly By: Of Course Sean Avery Returns on Halloween

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29: Kimmo Timonen #44 and Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes on October 29, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Hurricanes 5-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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

  • Scott Hartnell is on fire. He makes lines tick. He's gritty. He's inconsistent. He's easily distracted. He's effective: [delcotimes.com]
  • Jaromir Jagr owns a Czech team, which is going to be how he spends his retirement: [CSNPhilly]
  • The Phantoms got pucks on net against Hershey as they won 2-1: [PostStar.com]
  • Jakub Kovar stopped 37 of 40 shots in a 6-3 win on Friday: [euroflyers] He followed it up with a 20 save shutout in a 3-0 win on Sunday: [euroflyers]
  • Niko Hovinen stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 2-0 loss on Friday: [euroflyers] He followed it up by stopping 34 of 36 in a 3-2 win on Saturday: [euroflyers]
  • So far this year, both goalies are doing quite well, with save percentages of over 0.935: [euroflyers]
  • And since I was curious, Joacim Eriksson has a 0.936 save percentage and 1.54 goals against average in 9 games so far this year: [Elite Prospects]
  • Sean Avery will be placed on re-entry waivers today: [Puck Daddy]
  • TSN CBC says a four-division realignment is 50/50 right now, but the Penguins aren't happy about it: [Puck Daddy]
  • Both Frank Seravalli and I wrote about why the plan is good for hockey, even if fans will miss the in-season rivalry with the Penguins: [Daily News] [SB Nation Philly]
  • A good take on Gary Bettman's interview about fans booing him: [Puck Daddy]
  • Another great illustration on Brendan Shanahan's suspensions so far: [Puck Daddy]
  • When are statistics useful beyond small sample size problems? [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Another reason why plus/minus is a terrible statistic, this time looking at the worst minus players and their year after: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • For some players, Halloween costumes are just too easy to come up with: [Down Goes Spezza]
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