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Friday Morning Fly By: Gotta get Down(ie) on Friday!

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

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*That headline is terrible but I won't apologize. The Flyers love to acquire former Flyers; so welcome back, Steve Downie! [BSH] [Flyers] [ProHockeyTalk]

*Travis looks at the trade by the numbers and takes a look at what Downie has been up to since his last stint with the Flyers.

*Homer addresses the media post trade. [Flyers]

*The Avalanche fans have some really generous things to say about their newly acquired forward. [Mile High Hockey]

*Pittsburgh's hockey writers do their level best to make ours look like Pulitzer winners. [BSH]

*We won't have to wait long to see Downie in action; the Flyers will host the Washington Capitals tonight at 7. Check back for a preview of the game. Caps will be without Alexander Ovechkin.

*So now that trades are in the air, could the Flyers partner up with the Flames to make something happen? [CSN Philly]

*Meltzer checks in on Samuel Morin. [Hockeybuzz]

*The Flyers will continue to struggle until Claude Giroux comes out of his funk. [Inquirer]

*On the connection between the Flyers' slow start and their slow defense. [Flyers Faithful]

*There is a chance the Flyers are still adjusting to life under Craig Berube. [Flyers]

*Former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro recently signed a tryout contract with an AHL team. Lighthouse Hockey put together a hilarious user manual for his new team. [LH]

*On ways to improve the NHL's real-time stats. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

*Why teams in the midst of terrible starts still have a chance to put a good season together. [mc79hockey]

*The current list of coaches and GMs on the hot seat. [Down Goes Brown]

*Finally, hockey players are yucky and fascinating creatures. [SB Nation]