Friday Morning Fly By: Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but it always regresses to the mean.

Bruce Bennett

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

*A friendly reminder that Claude Giroux is going to get paid next year, with insight into how much and why. (BSH)

*Wednesday night's Game 1 drew the best ratings for an NHL game since 1997. (SB Nation)

*The Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw just happened to be mic'd up when he scored the game winner in the third OT and his celebration was just as great as you want it to be. (NHL)

*The folks over at Arctic Ice Hockey are conducting a mock draft and have made it to pick #11. (AIH)

*A look at the players the Flyers could likely acquire through all seven rounds of the draft. (CSN Philly)

*Meltzer speculates on what the Flyers next move on defense might be. (Hockeybuzz)

*Eric T. explains "regression to the mean" and why it's important to apply it to hockey analytics. (BSH)

*A former Flyer has found new success as a caddy for Ernie Els as he competes in the US Open. (Flyers)

*Flyers Faithful play a rousing game of armchair GM. (FF)

*Why the Finals matchup of the Bruins and Blackhawks proves that bigger isn't always better when it comes to NHL rosters. (Backhand Shelf)

*Remember, the NHL will hand out this year's awards prior to the start of Game 2 on Saturday night. (NHL)

*A Messier-Leetch coaching team could happen in NYC. (SB Nation)

*Our friends at Pension Plan Puppets use attack time data to show that the Leafs weren't as close to beating the Bruins as their long-suffering fans thought they were. (PPP)

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