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Friday Morning Fly By: Vanbiesbrouck Finally Gets Some Recognition

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

  • Recaps: [BSH] [Lighthouse Hockey] [CSNPhilly] [Flyers Faithful] [The Checking Line] [the700level] [Daily News] [delcotimes]
  • Can the Flyers sign any of their UFA defensemen? (Full disclosure: I'm mentioned, quoted, and linked in the piece): [GCOBB.COM]
  • Nicklas Grossmann is playing well, and Peter Laviolette is noticing: [delcotimes]
  • So Jaromir Jagr was nominated for the Masterton Trophy. Lots of people find this ridiculous, for good reason. Frank Seravalli explained why the beat writers picked Jagr and Greg does a good job putting the whole thing in context: [Puck Daddy]
  • The Flyers penalty-kill is much improved: [Daily News]
  • Brandon Manning is back in Adirondack: [PostStar]
  • Practice update including injury notes on Matt Walker, Marc-Andre Bourdon, and Rob Bordson: [Phantoms Forum]
  • Niko Hovinen stopped all 19 shots for his first shutout since November 3rd: [euroflyers] He finished the regular season with a 92.1 sv%, 2.26 gaa, and 5 shutouts in 41 games: [euroflyers]
  • Johan Backlund was pulled after giving up 4 goals on 16 shots in 33 minutes: [euroflyers] He finished the regular season with a 92.3 sv% and 2.50 gaa in 19 games: [euroflyers]
  • Joacim Eriksson, meanwhile, finished the regular season with a 93.5 sv% and 1.73 gaa in 33 games. He was in the top five in the SEL in both categories: [Eliteprospects]
  • A European update on Petr Nedved and Jakub Kovar, including an interview with Kovar: [Flyers Faithful]
  • A very long post arguing a guy I never liked was always underrated. I'll grant you that Dave Babych had one fantastic mustache and I should like him just for that. Oh, and a few of the things said here are good too, I guess: [The Hockey Guys]
  • Breaking down the NHL's new ad campaign "Because It's The Cup": [Puck Daddy]
  • Greg says to just give Gabriel Landeskog the Calder Trophy already. <puts on troll hat> Someone should yell at him for "forgetting" Matt Read <takes off troll hat>: [Puck Daddy]
  • Know what's a great predictor of team success? The number of sex offenders within 1.5 miles of your arena: [Battle of California, via Deadspin]
  • The WHL takes very few statistics. So the Vancouver Giants track shot statistics themselves. A good look at professional hockey teams tracking non-traditional metrics: [Buzzing The Net]