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Friday Morning Fly By: Let's call him Trollalchuk, shall we?

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

Bruce Bennett

*Ilya Kovalchuk blew up the hockey world yesterday buy announcing his retirement from the New Jersey Devils. Did anyone see this coming? Those poor, poor Devils fans. All 47 of them.

*Jeremy Roenick literally lost his mind on twitter. (SB Nation)

*Not surprisingly, it looks like Kovy is bolting for the KHL team he played for during the lockout. (Puck Daddy)

*Back here in Flyers country, Robert Hagg is ready to work for his spot in the NHL. (

*Marcel Noebels on his experience at prospect camp. (Flyers)

*It would appear that Paul Holmgren made the best signing of the offseason thus far. (CSN Philly)

*Wayne Simmonds was on Canadian radio telling the world that the absence of Ilya Bryzgalov will help the team. (

*Meltzer on Oliver Lauridsen. (Hockeybuzz)

*Praise Eric T. for keeping the hits coming this offseason. This time, on the hidden value of penalty differential. (BSH)

*ASF on the Flyers late-round draft choice, Merrick Madsen. (Flyers)

*The Sabres are rolling out a new third sweater next year and it's probably going to be bright. (Icethetics)

*NHL Salary Arbitration: damaging or hilarious? (Backhand Shelf)

*Finally, who will be the next captain of the eight teams that are currently lacking one? DGB speculates. (Grantland)