Thursday Morning Fly By: Time for the Annual "He Played Through That?!" List

May 3, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann (8) and left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) hit New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise (9) during the second period in game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

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

  • Ryan from Flyers Goal Scored By with the special guest post. If there were an award for article of the year, I would nominate this to be a finalist. Absolutely fantastic read: [the700level]
  • Pensblog with the Flyers eulogy. Solid, if unspectacular, effort. B-minus: [Puck Daddy]
  • Kimmo Timonen reportedly suffered from a ligament injury to his knee against Pittsburgh: [The Checking Line]
  • Nicklas Grossmann will reportedly have knee surgery, though it does not yet appear a guarantee: [The Checking Line]
  • The Devils used a familiar tactic to beat the Flyers: [SB Nation Philly]
  • The Flyers compared the Devils to the Rangers, but Tim Panaccio does a good job explaining why that isn't entirely true: [CSNPhilly]
  • Five questions heading into the offseason: [Daily News]
  • Five reasons the Flyers are out of the playoffs, and none of them mention goaltending. Which is how you know it is accurate, and thus why you should read it: [NHL.com]
  • Apparently, the reason the Flyers are out of the playoffs this year is "hubris". Nevermind they played a fine Game 3, and could have easily been up 2-1 as Laviolette says in this very story: [Daily News]
  • But what else do you expect when you can't explain something? Because the Flyers can't explain why they lost: [delcotimes.com]
  • But that doesn't mean Ilya Bryzgalov escapes criticism. Timo Seppa with another good look at why his signing was misguided: [ESPN Insider]
  • Arguing that the Flyers were dirty in Game 5: [delcotimes.com]
  • Both the Kings and Flyers benefited from the three trades of Richards, Carter, and Johnson: [Backhand Shelf]
  • Some solid quotes from Claude Giroux on what the team has to learn from this year: [CSNPhilly]
  • Why Flyers fans are suing the team over their Winter Classic ticket policy: [Puck Daddy]
  • Jets fans are still confused as to why they did not draft Sean Couturier: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The NHL got less airtime than the NFL last week, which makes total sense: [Deadspin]
  • You should get excited: Derek Zona and Kent Wilson are starting a site with high hopes to elevate the advanced stats discussion: [NHLNumbers.com]
  • You should get excited again: Latvia, with emerging star Miks Indrasis, might legitimately be the story of these world championships. Big game for them tonight against the Czechs, whom you'll recall the Latvians almost beat at the Vancouver Olympics: [IIHF.com]
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