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Monday Morning Fly By: Boosh and OKT back, Phantoms kick off season

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Your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers-related news and notes...

  • The Flyers are one of four 2-0 teams in the Eastern Conference. The others? Pittsburgh, Washington, and Montreal. Basically what you'd expect. Two of those teams are the Flyers next opponents. Nothing like early season tests, boys.
  • Johan Backlund and Marc-Andre Bourdon were both sent back to the Phantoms on Sunday, meaning Brian Boucher and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen are ready to join the lineup. Boucher will take his nice cozy seat on the end of the bench, and it looks like OKT will be the 7th defenseman for the time being.
  • With those minor moves, the Flyers currently sit 2.28 million under the salary cap. Nice little change, isn't it?
  • A trio of Inquirer columnists that probably have a collective hockey IQ of 12 decided to have a little discussion about the Flyers. The painful aftermath... [Inquirer]
  • Solid journalism elsewhere, however. CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio does a great job with his Sunday NHL Notebook each week, and yesterday was no different. [CSN Philly]
  • Yeah, this article is out of Pittsburgh, but it's another great piece of journalism. Take every thought you have when you first step into a hockey rink -- whether it be the Wachovia Center, the Skate Zone, or a pond in January -- and put it into words. That's what this article is. A stick tap to new commenter halx for the tip. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • The Flyers are brimming with confidence as they prepare for their home opener tomorrow night. [Daily News]
  • A fan-favorite in Colorado, Ian Laperriere is beginning to show fans in Philadelphia why he was so popular. [Inquirer]
  • The Adirondack Phantoms dropped the first puck in their history on Saturday night in front of a standing room only crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center. They lost to the Worcester Sharks on a last second goal, but that didn't seem to dampen the mood. Lots of coverage from the Post-Star on this one -- their coverage has been great. [blog, recap article, feature article, video]
  • Randy Jones was paired with both Kevin Marshall and Mike Ratchuk on Saturday. Andreas Nodl scored the first goal in Adirondack Phantoms history.
  • A vicious hit to the head of Nashville's J.P. Dumont on Saturday against Dallas. [Puck Daddy]
  • And finally, let's take an early peek at our opponent for tomorrow's home opener: the Capitals. They beat up on the Leafs on Saturday night, but it seems they laid a bit of an egg in the third period. Instead of winning 6-1, they won 6-4, and "there won't be nearly as much of a margin for error against the Flyers come Tuesday." [Japers' Rink]