Wednesday Morning Fly By: We Can Go Back to Ignoring Pressing Social Issues Again, Thanks for Your Patience

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers prepares to tend net in warmups prior to the game against the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center on September 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mask bears images of the Benjamin Franklin and the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

  • A poignant letter from a PD reader asking an NHL player to come out as a homosexual is the only reason this whole debacle is being mentioned: [Puck Daddy]
  • Matt Read is probably going to make the team. He deserves it: [Daily News] [The Fourth Period]
  • James van Riemsdyk and Andreas Nodl sat out practice with injuries: [Frequent Flyers]
  • That's bad because the Flyers need JVR and Giroux to produce more this year: [NHL.com]
  • But NHL.com thinks Andreas Nodl will hit waivers soon. This is depressing: [NHL.com]
  • Scott Hartnell was cleared to play again after his elevated heart rate scare: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • An attempt at reading the CBA to answer Eric's question regarding the timing of the Flyers placing Ian Laperriere on LTIR: [The Hockey Guys]
  • Believe it or not, last year the Flyers won 38 of 44 games when leading after two. Only once did they lose in regulation: [NHL.com]
  • Practice notices from the Phantoms' training camp: [Phantoms Forum]
  • A good look at Patrick Johnson, son of 1980 Gold Medalist Mark Johnson, getting a big opportunity to make the Phantoms. He centered Eric Wellwood and Stefan Legein in practice the other day: [PostStar.com]
  • Hey, the Kings think they're ready to join the NHL's elite now that they have Mike Richards and Simon Gagne: [NHL.com]
  • The Red Wings utilize a strategy to protect their aging defensemen, something the Capitals may want to do with Mike Green: [Japers' Rink]
  • Winning two Vezinas has historically been a ticket to the Hall of Fame. But how does that effect Tim Thomas? [Brodeur is a Fraud]
  • Projecting how many goals Steven Stamkos will have this season: [Driving Play]
  • Save percentages have been steadily going up for goaltenders every year since the lockout. What's going on? [The Copper & Blue]
  • Interesting story with the Sharks banning advertising on t-shirts, and a season-ticket holder fighting back: [Puck Daddy]
  • Teams are attempting to draft players for possession - Corsi - but they have to use scouts to do it.  That's a tricky process: [Hockey Prospectus]
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