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Tuesday Morning Fly By: Latvia Expects Better, Misses the Wolf

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

  • Brian Rafalski is expected to retire on Thursday: [SBNation.com] [Puck Daddy]
  • The Flyers hope to get much better play from Kris Versteeg next year: [Philly Sports Daily]
  • Because we love arguing over defensemen and goalies, here are some grades for the Flyers' defensemen and goaltenders. As you would expect, I strongly disagree on most of these: [NHL Hot Stove]
  • I think this is extreme, but a plea to ignore the rest of the summer to avoid unnecessary drama: [Flyers Goal Scored By...]
  • Profiling Flyer prospect Tyler Brown: [Flyers Faithful]
  • A nice collection of links on the Atlanta to Winnipeg story, mostly focused on design: [icethetics]
  • The Hamilton Bulldogs have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to force Game 7. Can this stop happening?: [NHL.com]
  • A complete rundown of the top-100 prospects for this year's draft: [Hockey Prospectus]
  • Deputy Commissioner says the Cap will go up between $1.1 and $4.1 million, which is convenient if you know anything about how the Cap is calculated. Or, if you read here: [Jewels From the Crown]
  • After taking an NHL.com survey, wondering if there are playoff format changes ahead for the league: [The Cannon]
  • Latvia fired their head coach, all assistant coaches, and their General Manager - former NHLer Sandis Ozolins - for failing to achieve what they think their team is capable of. (s/t Maris) [DELFI]