Thursday Morning Fly By: Kudos, Mr. Seravalli

CHICAGO - MAY 27: Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers answers reporters questions during Stanley Cup media day at the United Center on May 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

  • James van Riemsdyk is dealing with an injury "blip". Sounds like Jen was right in predicting a groin issue though: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Chris Pronger is probably going to return to the lineup though, so that's good: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • The biggest news of the day? The Flyers signed two undrafted free agents: [BSH] [Frequent Flyers] [PostStar.com]
  • A good breakdown of the two players signed: [HockeyBuzz.com]
  • Coincidentally related, Tim Panaccio spoke with the Flyers' Director of Hockey Operations. A rather interesting interview: [CSNPhilly]
  • Scottie Upshall has an uncanny ability to score a goal in his first game with a new team: [SBNation.com]
  • The Senators confirmed that they will have a new third jersey next year, calling it a "heritage jersey". Awesome: [icethetics]
  • Linus Omark scored another ridiculous goal, this time on a move that still had Pekke Rinne fooled 10 minutes later: [SBNation.com]
  • Looking at Balanced Zone Shifts and age: [Behind The Net]
  • Commence immature and juvenile giggling: Deadspin would be proud of this telestrator drawing: [Puck Daddy]
  • Week 20 Power Rankings: [SBN Philly]
  • More on what is wrong with the Flyers Power Play: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Not to revisit Richards' comments, but there were a lot of good takes on it yesterday. First, Bill Meltzer with a good line: "That being said, part of a team captain's job is to occasionally take some heat on himself and speak out if he feels strongly about an issue." [HockeyBuzz.com]
  • Then, a FGSB came through with a good point: "There is not benefit to being candid or honest because everything upsets everyone, offends everyone else, and the people that agree with you silently nod. But disagreements cause wars while like thinking is often not discussed because what's the point, where's the intrigue." [Flyers Goal Scored By...]
  • But lastly, the best article on the Flyers I've read in a while. A must read on who Mike Richards is and how he leads this team: "Though he does not offer much in the way of a quote with the media, Richards is aware of what is being said and what is being written about his teammates. They say that he often comes over to offer a brief word of encouragement after a mistake, turnover or loss." [Daily News]
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