Thursday Morning Fly By: Say It Ain't So, Nick

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings waves to the fans after being acknowledged for playing his 1,500th NHL game while playing the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena on October 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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

  • A (spread unnecessarily across) four page story on the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter trades that is worth reading: [CSNPhilly]
  • Then and Now: Eric Weinrich: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Gary Bettman spoke at the Stanley Cup Finals last night on a variety of topics, and his comments on the Shanaban videos are telling: [Puck Daddy]
  • EA Sports simulation resulted in a six game Kings victory: [NHL.com]
  • Illustrated guide to the Stanley Cup: [Puck Daddy]
  • Nicklas Lidstrom is holding a press conference at 11 today, reportedly to announce his retirement: [SBNation.com] [Puck Daddy]
  • Anonymous Blackhawks team source reportedly says they "suggested that Patrick Kane seek help": [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • The NHL's new Stanley Cup commercial: [Puck Daddy]
  • And CBC's Hockey Night in Canada montage from Game One: [Backhand Shelf]
  • The Canucks were caught on Google Earth outside their San Jose hotel: [Pass It To Bulis]
  • Even if I disagree, a strong story on why "giving 110%" is accurate in sports: [Backhand Shelf]
  • A collection of NHL team slogans of the past decade-plus, mostly embarrassingly awful ones: [SBNation.com]
  • Eric got sick of moronic arguments defending Martin Brodeur as one of, if not the, greatest goalies ever. So he formulated an intelligent argument saying as such: [NHLNumbers.com]
  • The top defensive pairings in the NHL shown in handy bubble charts: [NHLNumbers.com]
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