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

  • Updates on Claude Giroux, Ilya Bryzgalov, and Chris Pronger: [CSNPhilly] [Inquirer] [delcotimes.com] [Washington Times]
  • Sean Couturier won't be loaned to Canada for the World Juniors: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Jaromir Jagr played Santa in a Christmas commercial: [Flyers Faithful]
  • The Phantoms lost to Portland 2-1 on Friday: [PostStar.com] Post-game notes and quotes: [Phantoms Forum]
  • But they beat Rochester in overtime, 3-2, on Saturday: [PostStar.com]
  • Allentown withdrew their eminent domain claim, killing the lawsuit brought by a developer. What does this mean for their arena plan? [Morning Call]
  • A fantastic story on prospects, including why they are tough to evaluate and why they need patience. I cannot recommend this enough: [PostStar.com]
  • Jakub Kovar stopped all 18 shots in a 5-0 win on Friday: [euroflyers]
  • He followed it up by stopping 20 of 23 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss on Sunday: [euroflyers]
  • A good story on how hockey players are great people, with little anecdotes about Danny Briere and Matt Calvert going above and beyond: [masslive.com]
  • Why us stat nerds aren't surprised that Ville Leino is off to a slow start. Then again, us Flyers fans aren't really either: [Backhand Shelf]
  • Revisiting what were claimed to be the best offseason moves from the summer: [Backhand Shelf]
  • Arguing that the new playoff format is unfair. With numbers: [Hockey Prospectus]
  • Using Mario Lemieux to look at how much a player can influence his teammates' shooting percentages: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Use the Toronto Maple Leafs' penalty kill to win the shot quality prize, since they give you a good opportunity: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Switzerland became the first country to pick a song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 this weekend. If you don't want to listen, just imagine if the singer from The Killers had a stroke that led him to make his hair all lopsided and start a ska band. Worse still, this song beat out BSH favorite Lys Assia. [YouTube]