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Today's Fly By, in which 15k+ show up for PRACTICE, Laughton makes the team and Erik Gustafsson's an All-Star.

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

* Over 15,000 people showed up last night for PRACTICE at the Wells Fargo Center. Claude Giroux wore a 'C' for the first time in public and everything. It was great. [CSN] []

* While practice may not have been as crisp as Peter Laviolette would have liked, the Flyers will still finalize their roster by 3 p.m. today. It looks like Scott Laughton has made the team, at least to start. [Hockeybuzz] [Inquirer] [Daily News] [SanFilippo]

* Jake Voracek is expecting to have a big season. [Daily News]

* Wait, do the Flyers have problems on offense? [The 700 Level]

* Zac Rinaldo something something discipline AHL penalty minute leader something something Lavi likes his game something something lock to make the team etc. [SanFilippo]

* Five questions facing the Flyers, who are start the season TOMORROW. [Daily News]

* What did Flyers broadcasters do during the lockout? 'You get yourself out of a rhythm,' Coatesy says, which implies he was moving to a rhythm there in the first place. [Inquirer]

* ASF joins the FF Podcast to talk about this hockeysportpuck thing. [Flyers Faithful]

* The AHL announced their All-Star rosters yesterday. Since something like 30 percent of their scoring is now in Philadelphia, it's no shock that only Erik Gustafsson (injured, too) made the team from the Phantoms. [Post Star]

* Tye McGinn was back in Glens Falls on Thursday, but he was happy to have had a taste of the NHL. [Saratogian]

* The Devils named Bryce Salvador captain, and all 12 Bryce Salvador fans rush to the store to get the 'C' added to their jerseys. []

* Pittsburgh hasn't won in like four years now so they're cranky or whatever. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

* Does every game truly matter in a 48-game season? Cliche, but true? [NHL Numbers]

* Chance will be a powerful determining factor in who makes the playoffs this year. Fun! [Fear The Fin]

* Mark Recchi is now a member of an NHL front office. In Dallas? [Defending Big D]

* This Maple Leafs-centric discussion of passing touches on JvR (duh) and Brayden Schenn (because Toronto covets him, as they should). [PPP]

* The NHL apologized with full-page ads in a bunch of newspapers yesterday, which would have been great for them I'm sure if people still read newspapers. [Puck Daddy] And here's the first draft of their letter, by the way. [Battle of Cali]

* Finally, the latest from DGB and Bloge Salming: 'Luongo Unchained.'