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Monday Morning Fly By: Excited for the Home Opener

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

  • The Flyers are excited to raise their Eastern Conference Champions banner tonight: [Flyers]
  • There were a ton of stories about Sergei Bobrovsky over the weekend, [Daily News] [phillyburbs.com] [Inquirer], but this one gives three reasons to temper your expectations.  Please heed them. [HockeyBuzz.com]
  • But Brian Boucher made his case for more starts with an impressive performance on Saturday: [Frequent Flyers]
  • The Flyers game on Thursday set a new regular season ratings record for Versus: [Puck Daddy]
  • From an Albany paper, there are great expectations for the Phantoms this year: [Times Union]
  • Those Phantoms, though, are very young and very inexperienced: [PostStar.com]
  • Over the weekend, the Phantoms lost to the Senators, 5-1 [PostStar.com] but then beat the River Rats 5-3 [PostStar.com]
  • Zac Rinaldo didn't disappoint, taking a penalty on his first AHL shift.  He also added a goal in the second game of the weekend: [PSPhantoms]
  • Jakub Kovar made 42 saves on 44 shots, as his team won 3-2: [euroflyers]
  • Ilya Kovalchuk and Mike Green decided to drop the gloves on Saturday, and while it's entertaining, it wasn't very good: [Puck Daddy]
  • Former Flyers goaltending prospect Jacob De Serres cleared WHL waivers and is on his way to the QMJHL: [Luber's Lounge]
  • Henrik Sedin was named the Canucks captain: [NHL.com]
  • Looking at two ways - one legal, the other illegal - to get around the NHL's agreement with the CHL that no Juniors players will play in the AHL: [The Copper & Blue]
  • Asking what the big picture goal of the NHL Premiere series is: [From The Rink]
  • Hitting from behind reared its ugly head again, and this one is inexcusable: [Puck Worlds]
  • Lastly, Ryan Lambert reads an article from the Inquirer and concludes that there's something wrong with the Flyers decision to sign Michael Leighton: [Puck Daddy]