Thursday Morning Fly By: Trying Not To Feel Bad For Toronto Is Hard

March 13, 2012: Sunrise, FL, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle talks with Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) during a gas against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. The Panthers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

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

  • The players were asked about Ilya Bryzgalov and gave some predictable answers: [delcotimes.com] [CSNPhilly] [Inquirer]
  • Marc-Andre Bourdon is back and recovered from his concussion: [CSNPhilly]
  • Arguing that, regardless of what you think about Matt Carle, it's unlikely that the Flyers can afford him: [Orange and Black Pack]
  • As a quick counter to that, a fairly simply look at how the Flyers could afford Carle, Grossmann, Jagr, and Voracek. Assumptions: $3 million cap increase & bonus cushion: [CapGeek]
  • The Phantoms fell to Syracuse in a shootout, 2-1: [Post Star] [Phantoms Forum]
  • Johan Backlund stopped 34 of 35 and Niko Hovinen stopped 23 or 26 as Backlund's Karpat took a 3-1 series lead: [euroflyers]
  • NHL Power Rankings for Week 23 show Buffalo's playoff surge and San Jose's move to the top of the Pacific: [SB Nation Philly]
  • There is no such thing as protection on the ice, for star players or anyone else: [OilersNation]
  • How much are the richest of teams spending? More than they were 3 years ago: [Driving Play]
  • A fantastic look at why watching the games alone isn't enough, with scientific studies to prove it. Also, you could literally miss the gorilla in the room: [The Wages of Wins Journal]
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