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Monday Morning Fly By: Hopefully You Have Time To Read All These Links

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

  • Comparing Sean Couturier to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog in terms of use and results. With charts!: [The Copper & Blue]
  • Scott Hartnell has never been happier: [CSNPhilly] [Daily News]
  • And his All-Star Game performance was, frankly, awesome. Not just because he told Dion Phaneuf to "suck it" on CBC television: [Puck Daddy]
  • Matt Read and Sean Couturier took different paths to get to Ottawa: [Inquirer]
  • Five observations including Sergei Bobrovsky, Kimmo Timonen, college players, and more: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Michael Leighton is just waiting for another chance in the NHL: [pressofAtlanticCity]
  • The Phantoms lost to Bridgeport 6-2 Friday. Ouch. Recap: [PostStar] Notes and Quotes: [Phantoms Forum]
  • On Saturday, the Phantoms lost to Albany 3-0: [PostStar]
  • Remembering the last time Philly hosted an All-Star Game: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Niko Hovinen and Johan Backlund squared off on Friday, and neither impressed. Backlund got the 5-4 win stopping 28 of 32 shots while Hovinen stopped 28 of 33: [euroflyers]
  • Jakub Kovar stopped 41 of 43 in a 3-2 shootout win Friday: [euroflyers] and 32 of 35 in a 3-2 OT loss Sunday: [euroflyers]
  • Kalpa will retire Kimmo Timonen's #44: [euroflyers]
  • The NHL and NHLPA said serious CBA negotiations won't start until after the playoffs. This shouldn't make me nervous, but it does: [CSNPhilly]
  • Ryan Suter said he won't sign a contract extension before the trade deadline: [] [Puck Daddy] [] [Inquirer] [CSNPhilly]
  • Columbus, Ohio: your host of the 2013 NHL All-Star Game: [] [Puck Daddy]
  • Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with fractured vertebrae in addition to his concussions, but the diagnosis is a good first step: [Puck Daddy] [Backhand Shelf]
  • Great look at the rejected realignment plan and how it creates an unbalanced, economically unequal NHL: [Battle of California]
  • Mike Richards joined a few Kings teammates to make a Funny Or Die video, and he attempts to rap. It's not great, but it's worth the almost five minutes to watch: [the700level] [Puck Daddy]
  • Things overheard backstage at the NHL All-Star "fantasy" draft: [Down Goes Brown]
  • Rather than protecting star players with enforcers, teams are starting to protect them in an entirely different way - with zone starts: [Backhand Shelf]
  • What are the chances each team makes the playoffs? Using score-adjusted Fenwick to determine: [Fear The Fin]
  • Driving Play has joined The Copper & Blue, and they started by explaining how the points system affects how teams play the game: [The Copper & Blue]
  • While the evidence currently available says that skaters can't suppress opponent shooting percentage, there is evidence that the Vancouver Canucks may believe it possible: [Pass It to Bulis]
  • An interview with advanced hockey stats. This is funny: [The Score]
  • Defending the Blue Line is having an equipment drive at the College of New Jersey. If you have old gear, give to a good cause: [Defending the Blue Line]
  • Happy Birthday to both EREX21 and Hockey Prospectus writer and friend of the site, Timo Seppa