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Thursday Morning Fly By: ZOMGZ Hockey Is Back! Just Skip the Pregame Ceremony

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

  • Hey, the Flyers are back still in cap hell: [Philly Sports Daily] [delcotimes]
  • Hey, Ilya Bryzgalov has a lot of pressure on him "to prove he was worth all the sacrifice". Question: How does he prove that, exactly? And I mean him, not "have help from the 18 guys in front of him to win a Stanley Cup", I mean him: [CSNPhilly]
  • Blowing up the team that was one goal away from Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final thirteen months ago is rare in the NHL. No, seriously, it is: [CSNPhilly]
  • Looking at the expectations surrounding Wayne Simmonds: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Matt Read is supposedly handling Bob McKenzie calling him the Calder winner like a champ. Read will definitely be one of my favorite players as soon as everyone turns on him in January: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Seven players who defied the odds and made an NHL roster out of training camp, including Blair Betts (that whole being waived on the last day thing) and Matt Read: [NHL.com]
  • Frank Seravalli breaks down what can be expected from the Flyers in this video: [Frequent Flyers]
  • Jakub Kovar let in three first period goals before leaving with a presumed ailment: [euroflyers]
  • Andy Delmore. Remember that time he scored a hat trick in the playoffs? Good times: [Flyers Faithful]
  • I know it's old news, but I needed to share this. Trying to make sense of putting Blair Betts on waivers: [Flyers Goal Scored By...]
  • Ville Leino took a little while, but he's fulfilling his NHL dream: [NHL.com]
  • A look at some milestones that can be reached in the NHL this year: [CSNPhilly]
  • Brendan Shanahan released a clean hits video: [Puck Daddy]
  • Bill Meltzer found Forsberg and Sakic playing in Europe. But since they aren't named "Peter" and "Joe", this story is even better: [NHL.com]
  • Eastern Conference predictions: [Puck Daddy] [delcotimes]
  • EA Sports predicts another Stanley Cup for the Penguins, thanks to Sidney Crosby: [NHL.com]
  • Sharing an idea that was shared by Justin Bourne after being shared by Chemmy (who babysat for Paul, who's sister dated Tim, who once served Kevin Bacon a coffee) calling for fans to vote former Senators into the all-star game: [Down Goes Spezza]