Tuesday Morning Fly By: Latvia Expects Better, Misses the Wolf

PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 22: Oskars Bartulis #3 of the Philadelphia Flyers is helped off the ice by Athletic Trainer Jim McCrossin after being injured against the Phoenix Coyotes on February 22 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Coyotes defeat the Flyers 3-2 in OT. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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

  • Brian Rafalski is expected to retire on Thursday: [SBNation.com] [Puck Daddy]
  • The Flyers hope to get much better play from Kris Versteeg next year: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Because we love arguing over defensemen and goalies, here are some grades for the Flyers' defensemen and goaltenders. As you would expect, I strongly disagree on most of these: [NHL Hot Stove]
  • I think this is extreme, but a plea to ignore the rest of the summer to avoid unnecessary drama: [Flyers Goal Scored By...]
  • Profiling Flyer prospect Tyler Brown: [Flyers Faithful]
  • A nice collection of links on the Atlanta to Winnipeg story, mostly focused on design: [icethetics]
  • The Hamilton Bulldogs have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to force Game 7. Can this stop happening?: [NHL.com]
  • A complete rundown of the top-100 prospects for this year's draft: [Hockey Prospectus]
  • Deputy Commissioner says the Cap will go up between $1.1 and $4.1 million, which is convenient if you know anything about how the Cap is calculated. Or, if you read here: [Jewels From the Crown]
  • After taking an NHL.com survey, wondering if there are playoff format changes ahead for the league: [The Cannon]
  • Latvia fired their head coach, all assistant coaches, and their General Manager - former NHLer Sandis Ozolins - for failing to achieve what they think their team is capable of. (s/t Maris) [DELFI]
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