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Thursday Morning Fly By: Gagne's successful return

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

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* Simon Gagne's return went pretty well as the Flyers walked all over the Caps. (BSH) (Flyers Faithful) {Meltzer) (Inquirer) (CSN) (Japers' Rink)

* Gagne spoke after the game: "I feel like I never left." (CSN)

* Erik Gustafsson suffered a lower body injury after blocking a shot, though. (CSN)

* Mike Milbury was all over Alex Ovechkin for his performance last night. (

* The Danny Briere trade rumors are flying; the latest has him going to St. Louis. (BSH)

* Matt Read skated yesterday morning, which is great news. (CSN Philly)

* Brandon Prust wanted to fight. He dropped a glove. Dion Phaneuf just skated away, and the GIF is hilarious. (

* Eddie Olczyk made a huge deal about Nail Yakupov ducking to avoid a Dan Carcillo hit the other day. He has a point? (Backhand Shelf)

* This NHL realignment scheme has somehow gotten worse. I think we all knew that would happen. (BSH)

* A hockey dad in British Columbia was just sentenced to fifteen days in jail for tripping a teenaged player. (CBC)

* Cam Ward absolutely robs Joel Ward, and it is pretty. (Puck Daddy)