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Thursday Morning Fly-By: The Fourth of July being the day before free agency is weird

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

Ronald Martinez

*From the site yesterday, we threw around some possible line combinations with Vincent Lecavalier in the fold and learned what his new number would be.

*We also learned some more specifics about next week's development camp: [BSH]

*How the Lecavalier signing suggests that Paul Holmgren has been both aggressive AND restrained this offseason: [The Hockey Guys]

*The Lecavalier signing, by the numbers: [TSN]

*Panotch says Tim Thomas' agent has reached out to the Flyers. He also suggests the Flyers are looking to spend "about half" of $3 million on another goaltender, which seems optimistic: (Autoplay) [CSNPhilly]

*The PHWA revealed its All-Star teams yesterday. Alex Ovechkin was first-team right-wing ... and was also second-team left-wing. Solid work, guys: [Puck Daddy]

*This led to a bunch of questions about which other players the voters messed up on positions for, and how much they were told beforehand: [mc79hockey]

*How Paul Holmgren and Peter Laviolette will use Braydon Coburn to fill the Flyers' biggest need of all: [Flyers Faithful]

*Teams were allowed to start speaking with free agents yesterday. Here are 25 of the best ones out there. Lecavalier's gone, but another possible Flyers target is mentioned -- and it's a goalie NOT named Tim Thomas: [Sporting News]

*The great Bruce Arthur recaps Tuesday night's Phoenix Arizona Coyotes meeting, how bizarre it really was, and where they go from here: [National Post]

*Couple of fun rumors about the Bruins: they may be in on Daniel Alfredsson and they may be about to pay Tuukka Rask $7 million per year for eight years(!).

*Rick Dipietro got bought out and now it's just kind of sad: [NYT]

*DGB reviews about the 21 NHL contracts in excess of nine years that were signed during the last CBA, and how they've turned out. You're familiar with a few of them: [Grantland]

*Lastly, happy Fourth of July! Enjoy your holiday, folks. (And happy Free Agency Eve.)