Friday Morning Fly By: Is, like its hockey team of choice, full of goonery.

Paul Bereswill

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

*Tomorrow's game against the Leafs begins a tough nineteen game stretch that will, hopefully, take the Flyers right into the playoffs. [Daily News]

*Andrew MacDonald seems pretty happy about joining the Flyers. [Inquirer]

*Berube had some thoughts about the officiating in the Caps game. [Philly.com]

*Vincent Lecavalier said fighting John Erskine was instinctual. [CSN Philly]

*Kerry Fraser weighs in on the brawl. [TSN]

*It can be difficult for players to start fresh after being traded. [Backhand Shelf]

*Wednesday's Caps game yielded some commentary on Alex Ovechkin's +/-. But do his defensive numbers matter? [Japers' Rink]

*The Bruins fans look at what they're getting into now that Andrej Meszaros is a part of their blue line. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

*A look at the top-5 storylines from Wednesday's deadline. [SB Nation]

*Breaking down the biggest trades that happened Wednesday. [Grantland]

*Both Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis look pretty bad after their pre-trade behavior. [Toronto Sun]

*Garth Snow really, really bungled the Thomas Vanek thing. [Puck Daddy]

*LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi doesn't think the salary cap will rise to the projected $71m next season. [LA Times]

*Remember when the Devils had their pick taken away for circumventing the cap? The league says nevermind, have it back. [In Lou We Trust]

*Numbers 61-80 in the top 100 NCAA NHL prospects ranking. [SBN College Hockey]

*On the way that the salary cap and focusing on contracts has changed the way fans evaluate trades. [Backhand Shelf]

*Connor McDavid is kind of good at hockey. [SBN]

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