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Thursday Morning Fly By: Say It Ain't So, Nick

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

  • A (spread unnecessarily across) four page story on the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter trades that is worth reading: [CSNPhilly]
  • Then and Now: Eric Weinrich: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Gary Bettman spoke at the Stanley Cup Finals last night on a variety of topics, and his comments on the Shanaban videos are telling: [Puck Daddy]
  • EA Sports simulation resulted in a six game Kings victory: [NHL.com]
  • Illustrated guide to the Stanley Cup: [Puck Daddy]
  • Nicklas Lidstrom is holding a press conference at 11 today, reportedly to announce his retirement: [SBNation.com] [Puck Daddy]
  • Anonymous Blackhawks team source reportedly says they "suggested that Patrick Kane seek help": [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • The NHL's new Stanley Cup commercial: [Puck Daddy]
  • And CBC's Hockey Night in Canada montage from Game One: [Backhand Shelf]
  • The Canucks were caught on Google Earth outside their San Jose hotel: [Pass It To Bulis]
  • Even if I disagree, a strong story on why "giving 110%" is accurate in sports: [Backhand Shelf]
  • A collection of NHL team slogans of the past decade-plus, mostly embarrassingly awful ones: [SBNation.com]
  • Eric got sick of moronic arguments defending Martin Brodeur as one of, if not the, greatest goalies ever. So he formulated an intelligent argument saying as such: [NHLNumbers.com]
  • The top defensive pairings in the NHL shown in handy bubble charts: [NHLNumbers.com]