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Tuesday Morning Fly By: Rick Tocchet days 'til hockey, friends.

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

Mike Knuble won't have Tocchet in a Pens jersey posted here. Not on his watch.
Mike Knuble won't have Tocchet in a Pens jersey posted here. Not on his watch.
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

*We had a game yesterday! Yeah it was a friendly little scrimmage between rookies, but it was on ICE with JERSEYS and PLAYERS and SCORES and a FLYERS WIN. Relive the magic!

*...and then, late in the night, the Flyers reportedly reached an agreement with Dan Cleary on a three-year contract. I don't get it.

*Kurt takes a look at how much time Ginger Jesus should get on the penalty kill this year. (BSH)

*ASF profiles prospect Brandon Alderson. (Flyers)

*Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell speak to NHL Insider about their expectations for the upcoming season. (

*Ray Emery's got a shiny new mask. (InGoalMag)

*The Flyers have signed 2012 draft pick Taylor Leier to an entry-level deal. (Flyers)

*Meltzer with some quick notes on how rookie camp is going. (Hockeybuzz)

*Ron Hextall thinks the inevitable competition between Ray Emery and Steve Mason is a really good thing. (CSN Philly)

*Flyers Faithful ranks the Flyers' crop of defensive prospects. (FF)

*The league has rewritten the head-check rule. (SB Nation)

*Rumor has it that Alex Ovechkin will miss the Caps' season opener in order to participate in the Olympic torch ceremony, which brings that whole loyalty to team vs. country debate to the fore. (SB Nation)

*Everyone's favorite Leafs fans look at a theoretical goaltending aging curve. (Pension Plan Puppets)

*Ten rookies who may become impact players during this 2013-2014 season. (

*Noted Ginger and Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has announced his retirement from the NHL. (TSN)

*On the long development of NHL goalie prospects. (CBC)