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ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings takes a shot against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period at Honda Center on September 30, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings takes a shot against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period at Honda Center on September 30, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

  • Mike Richards is returning to Philadelphia tomorrow, but he's enjoying L.A. now: [NHL.com] [delcotimes.com] [Inquirer] [Daily News] [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Anthony SanFilippo talked with many, many people about Richards' return here: [In The Room]
  • The Flyers allowed an even-strength goal against Vancouver, but their scoreless streak was the third-longest stretch to start a season: [BoopStats]
  • The Flyers "were able to hold" Vancouver's power play to 2-for-7. Or 28.6% effective. I wouldn't call that "holding" them, but whatever: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • I love these stories: Local 38 year old man filled in for Ilya Bryzgalov at the Flyers practice yesterday: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Ben Holmstrom is the new Captain of the Phantoms, the youngest in team history: [PostStar.com]
  • The Phantoms are having issues with the stricter contact rules, as both Sestito and Holmstrom are sitting out suspensions: [PostStar.com]
  • Arron Asham did a lot of damage to Jay Beagle's face in a fight, then made some hand motions people are all bent out of shape over: [SBNation.com] [Puck Daddy] [Washington Times]
  • Asham's post-game press conference. Warning! Auto-play: [TSN]
  • Sidney Crosby was cleared for contact yesterday: [Puck Daddy]
  • Justin Bourne wonders if players will treat Crosby differently on the ice: [Backhand Shelf]
  • Last year's final weekend was a good study in teams "wanting it more", as teams who controlled their own destiny failed to beat those teams with nothing to play for: [Brodeur is a Fraud]
  • Negotiations for the next CBA are expected to start after the All-Star Break: [SBNation.com]
  • The NHL and Versus have some weird blackout rules, resulting in fans not being able to watch their teams play some games: [SBNation.com]
  • This might be the best argument yet on why "intangibles" need to be used in conjunction with advanced statistics: [Backhand Shelf]
  • Syvret is back in the Flyers organization! Well, Danny Syvret's younger brother Corey is playing for the Trenton Titans, the Flyers' ECHL affiliate: [Trenton Titans]
  • Other complaints about Brendan Shanahan: [Down Goes Brown]
  • NHL realignment will be announced sometime in December: [SBNation.com]
  • There are some extreme realignment plans out there too: [Puck Daddy]
  • One plan mentioned in the PD article is Derek Zona's, which takes heavily from the NFL and MLB alignments. The Flyers are in a conference without the Rangers, Devils, Penguins, or Bruins and yet... I like it. Not a lot, mind you, but I like it. [SBNation.com]