Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*That headline is terrible but I won't apologize. The Flyers love to acquire former Flyers; so welcome back, Steve Downie! [BSH] [Flyers] [ProHockeyTalk]
*Travis looks at the trade by the numbers and takes a look at what Downie has been up to since his last stint with the Flyers.
*Homer addresses the media post trade. [Flyers]
*The Avalanche fans have some really generous things to say about their newly acquired forward. [Mile High Hockey]
*Pittsburgh's hockey writers do their level best to make ours look like Pulitzer winners. [BSH]
*We won't have to wait long to see Downie in action; the Flyers will host the Washington Capitals tonight at 7. Check back for a preview of the game. Caps will be without Alexander Ovechkin.
*So now that trades are in the air, could the Flyers partner up with the Flames to make something happen? [CSN Philly]
*Meltzer checks in on Samuel Morin. [Hockeybuzz]
*The Flyers will continue to struggle until Claude Giroux comes out of his funk. [Inquirer]
*On the connection between the Flyers' slow start and their slow defense. [Flyers Faithful]
*There is a chance the Flyers are still adjusting to life under Craig Berube. [Flyers]
*Former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro recently signed a tryout contract with an AHL team. Lighthouse Hockey put together a hilarious user manual for his new team. [LH]
*On ways to improve the NHL's real-time stats. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
*Why teams in the midst of terrible starts still have a chance to put a good season together. [mc79hockey]
*The current list of coaches and GMs on the hot seat. [Down Goes Brown]
*Finally, hockey players are yucky and fascinating creatures. [SB Nation]