Monday Morning Fly By: Sorry For Reminding You About the Guardian Project

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 03: Head coach Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers reacts on the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on December 3, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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

  • Claude Giroux is the first Flyer since Eric Lindros to lead (in Giroux's case, tie for the lead) in scoring this late into the season: [CSNPhilly]
  • Jaromir Jagr is having a positive effect on the Flyers power play: [Inquirer]
  • The Phantoms beat Norfolk 5-1 on Friday: [Phantoms Forum]
  • Johan Backlund made the start for ECHL Trenton yesterday and Matt Bernot was there to cover it: [The Checking Line]
  • But then lost to Norfolk 2-1 on Saturday: [PostStar]
  • Jakub Kovar stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 3-2 win Friday: [euroflyers]
  • And followed it up with 28 saves on 30 shots, then 3 of 4 in a 3-2 shootout win: [euroflyers]
  • Where is Brad Marsh now? [CSNPhilly]
  • Realignment! A new four-division plan is scheduled to be voted on today or tomorrow: [SBNation.com] [CSNPhilly] [Puck Daddy] [Inquirer] [Daily News]
  • Why the plan might pass: [SBNation.com]
  • The Flyers lead the league (although I don't remember them recalling Stefan Legein, so maybe they're second) in AHL call-ups this year: [SJICECAPS.COM]
  • In his first game back after possibly being concussed by Milan Lucic, Ryan Miller got run by Jordin Tootoo: [Puck Daddy]
  • Another look at Pekka Rinne and his comparables shows Nashville made a bad decision: [Brodeur is a Fraud]
  • So the Guardian Project is being blamed for a tech firm losing millions of dollars. I don't know if I buy it - a contract to be paid based on success? Horrible idea - but still, Guardian Project failures. Enjoy: [Puck Daddy]
  • Columbus is one of the historically bad expansion franchises in the NHL: [The Copper & Blue]
  • Saying goodbye to fired NHL coaches: [Down Goes Brown]
  • Eric wonders if focusing on score-tied results creates a bias due to team strength: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Lastly, this is one of those pieces you open and don't read for weeks due to its length, but it's a fantastic, fantastic look at Derek Boogaard's road to the NHL and one you won't want to leave unread. Part one of a three part series: [NYTimes.com]
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