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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Optimism waning...

Midseason Break: Day One. I'm already bored.

Bruce Bennett

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

*Ilya Bryzgalov is frustrated. Join the club, Mr. Universe. (

*Meltzer's not thrilled either. (Hockeybuzz)

*Apparently the Flames want Matt Read. (SB Nation)

*Derek Mathers has signed an ATO with the Phantoms. (BSH)

*Late last night they also signed college free agent Kyle Flanagan to an ATO, as well as a one-year deal for next season. (BSH)

*Kerry Fraser breaks down the particulars of the goal that was disallowed during Monday's Flyers-Lightning game. (TSN)

*The Jeff Carter Clause! It also shoots high and wide. (Puck Daddy)

*Scott Hartnell went and got himself benched Monday night. (CSN Philly)

*Yesterday we looked at NCAA prospects. Today, CHL! (Flyers Faithful)

*Maple Leafs defenseman Gardiner has been called up from the AHL. You may remember his agent's "#freeGardiner" campaign on Twitter. So...#FREEWELLWOOD #FREEWELLWOOD (TSN)

*Montreal got 45 more shot attempts than Buffalo at even strength last night. (Time On Ice)

*Crosby vs Kane in the Hart Trophy race that makes me feel slightly homicidal. (Puck Daddy)

*Oh this is awesome. (Backhand Shelf)