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

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*THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS. Full game coverage here.

*You may be surprised to hear that the team is throwing contracts around to players like veteran defenseman Francis Bouillon to try and stop the bleeding. Not like we have a crop of promising young defensemen to pull from... [BSH]

*It would appear that Craig Berube is not super happy with Brayden Schenn's performance thus far. [Daily News]

*Blair Jones was happy to crack the lineup for last night's game. [CSN Philly]

*It would also appear that Nick Schultz is playing his way into a permanent spot on the defense which let's be honest, no one saw coming. [Inquirer]

*The Flyers are hoping the Matt Read-R.J. Umberger swap makes a difference. If it lasts, that is. [CSN Philly]

*Our beloved Simon Gagne is officially a Boston Bruin. Going to be hard to root against that guy. [BSH]

*In case you didn't already know, the Flyers October schedule is rough. [ProHockeyTalk]

*The Adirondack Flames have already replaced their ill-conceived mascot. [Post Star]

*How much does matching competition matter on a team level? [Hockey-Graphs]

*The Florida Panthers had a terribly small crowd in their building the other night against the Senators. This attempts to defend that. [Puck Daddy]

*Our Canadian neighbors plan to feature empty arenas like Florida's on their new ten dollar bill. (Not really). [Lighthouse Hockey]

*On throwing your jersey on the ice and why that makes you a bad fan. [Octopus Thrower]

*Five NHL teams who ought to change their uniforms this year. [Icethetics]

*Why the captain's "C' can be the NHL's scarlet letter. [Grantland]

*And finally, there's another Crosby hoping to make a mark on the hockey world. Hopefully this one is a bit more likeable. [SB Nation]