Thursday Morning Fly By: You Too Can Now Know More French Than Randy Cunneyworth

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 10: Marc-Andre Bourdon #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers waits for the start of a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center on January 10, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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

  • Pierre LeBrun says he "know[s] [the Flyers] have listed Suter as their No. 1 target on their shopping list." [ESPN]
  • The Flyers rookies are playing a big role: [CSNPhilly] [The Checking Line]
  • Bill Meltzer on Johan Backlund attempting to revive his career in Finland: [NHL.com]
  • Closeup of Backlund wearing his Rocky mask and Flyers gear at practice in Finland: [euroflyers]
  • The Rangers are going to have Neal Auricchio Jr. as John Tortorella's guest for a game next month: [NYPOST.com]
  • The University of Michigan is supposedly in "advanced discussions" with the NHL to host the 2013 Winter Classic: [Puck Daddy]
  • Two Minnesota youth hockey players have been forever changed due to hits from behind. Why this should scare everyone: [SBNation.com]
  • More mid-season awards: [SBNation.com]
  • An NHL players poll (161 respondents) saw Dion Phaneuf named the most overrated player in the game with 20 percent of the vote. For you math wizards, that means *gasp* at most 32 players said he's overrated: [SI Vault] [Puck Daddy] [Backhand Shelf]
  • Brian Burke responded by telling those who voted for Phaneuf to "defecate in their chapeaus" [SBNation.com]
  • Fenwick power rankings: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Are the Blue Jackets just unlucky, or is their true talent really this bad? [Hockey Prospectus]
  • What about their power play? [Driving Play]
  • Sad news as FrankD is stepping down as Editor of PensBurgh: [PensBurgh]

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