Thursday Morning Fly By: ZOMGZ Hockey Is Back! Just Skip the Pregame Ceremony

BOSTON, MA - MAY 06: The Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers line up to shake hands after Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 6, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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

  • Hey, the Flyers are back still in cap hell: [Philly Sports Daily] [delcotimes]
  • Hey, Ilya Bryzgalov has a lot of pressure on him "to prove he was worth all the sacrifice". Question: How does he prove that, exactly? And I mean him, not "have help from the 18 guys in front of him to win a Stanley Cup", I mean him: [CSNPhilly]
  • Blowing up the team that was one goal away from Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final thirteen months ago is rare in the NHL. No, seriously, it is: [CSNPhilly]
  • Looking at the expectations surrounding Wayne Simmonds: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Matt Read is supposedly handling Bob McKenzie calling him the Calder winner like a champ. Read will definitely be one of my favorite players as soon as everyone turns on him in January: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Seven players who defied the odds and made an NHL roster out of training camp, including Blair Betts (that whole being waived on the last day thing) and Matt Read: [NHL.com]
  • Frank Seravalli breaks down what can be expected from the Flyers in this video: [Frequent Flyers]
  • Jakub Kovar let in three first period goals before leaving with a presumed ailment: [euroflyers]
  • Andy Delmore. Remember that time he scored a hat trick in the playoffs? Good times: [Flyers Faithful]
  • I know it's old news, but I needed to share this. Trying to make sense of putting Blair Betts on waivers: [Flyers Goal Scored By...]
  • Ville Leino took a little while, but he's fulfilling his NHL dream: [NHL.com]
  • A look at some milestones that can be reached in the NHL this year: [CSNPhilly]
  • Brendan Shanahan released a clean hits video: [Puck Daddy]
  • Bill Meltzer found Forsberg and Sakic playing in Europe. But since they aren't named "Peter" and "Joe", this story is even better: [NHL.com]
  • Eastern Conference predictions: [Puck Daddy] [delcotimes]
  • EA Sports predicts another Stanley Cup for the Penguins, thanks to Sidney Crosby: [NHL.com]
  • Sharing an idea that was shared by Justin Bourne after being shared by Chemmy (who babysat for Paul, who's sister dated Tim, who once served Kevin Bacon a coffee) calling for fans to vote former Senators into the all-star game: [Down Goes Spezza]
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