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Thursday Morning Fly By: It's Not Quantity, It's Quality

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

  • Two very good articles on the Flyers at the break, with some good insight from GM Paul Holmgren: [CSNPhilly] [Frequent Flyers]
  • Matt Read still can't believe he's in the NHL, let alone the All-Star weekend: [Daily News]
  • Sergei Bobrovsky is unquestionably the Flyers' best goalie right now:[The Checking Line]
  • Claude Giroux is heading home for the All-Star game: [Inquirer]
  • The Atlantic Division is not easy this year, and even with their injuries, the Penguins are right behind the Flyers: [the700level]
  • Chris Pronger is an anchor on the Flyers cap: [Hockey Prospectus]
  • The Phantoms lost to Manchester, 5-1 last night: [PostStar]
  • Antero Niittymaki was placed on waivers by the Sharks, they didn't tell him, he doesn't want to be in the "organization at all anymore", and there are a couple of suitors in Columbus and Tampa Bay. Good luck, Frank: [Puck Daddy] [the700level]
  • In a surprising move, the Maple Leafs extended John-Michael Liles with a four year, $15.5 million deal. They are now paying their #4, #6, and #7 defensemen $12 million. Looks like someone is about to be traded: [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The anonymous player talks about why the NHLPA rejected the proposed realignment: [Puck Daddy]
  • Matt Hendricks got his ear split after taking a slapshot to the side of the head. He then got the stitches broken after taking a puck to the head 3 days later. Graphic image of his ear: [Deadspin]
  • Explaining score effects in easy to understand graphs and small paragraphs: [Driving Play]
  • Defending the Blue Line, the organization that helps children of armed service members play the sport, is up for an award directly from the President. They need people to vote, so go ahead and help them out: [Joining Forces]