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Monday Morning Fly By: Bob Kelly days; we're down to single digits!!

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

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*Big news over the weekend was the extension of Matt Read, who has been locked up for the next four years. Good contract, too! (BSH)

*The Flyers wrapped up their Lake Placid trip yesterday and will play their final preseason games this week. (

*ASF on Michael Raffl's chances at landing the final spot on Vincent Lecavalier's left wing; at this point it seems to be between him and newcomer Chris VandeVelde.

*ASF also takes a look at the expectations for the four Flyers heading into their third NHL season. (Flyers)

*With the signing of Read, Brayden Schenn is the last player Homer needs to extend. (CSN Philly)

*Meltzer with a few thoughts on the Read contract as well as a few prospect updates. (Hockeybuzz)

*Reports indicate that the NHL plans to maintain this "multiple outdoor games" nonsense that they're beginning this season. (SB Nation)

*The Islanders made their Brooklyn debut on Saturday and their new arena isn't impressing fans of the game. (New York Times)

*Some NHL fans are worried that the league's new hardline uniform enforcement might have something to do with the introduction of Euro league-style advertising. (Sporting News)

*A further look at the development of a new hockey metric and a comparison the six year FenwickClose% of every team in the league.

*NHL player prop betting odds straight from Vegas. Spoiler alert: put your money on Crosby. (SB Nation)

*Ahem....GOALIE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!

*And finally, a community outside of Montreal has built an underground ice skating rink. It's pretty impressive. (Globe and Mail)