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Wednesday Morning Fly By: The calm before the, uh...calm.

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

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*More speculation about possible-maybe-but-probably-not Flyers free agent targets! This time: Anton Stralman. [CSN Philly]

*Meltzer gives some love to our own Kevin Christmann as well as weighing in on the Braydon Coburn and Vincent Lecavalier trade rumors. [Hockeybuzz]

*Sadly, former Flyer Larry Zeidel passed away at the age of 86. [Inquirer]

*The Sabres are going to be using one of their compliance buyouts on Ville Leino. [Die By The Blade]

*Also, the Stars have bought out Aaron Rome and the Canucks David Booth.

*The Montreal Canadiens resigned Dale Weise. [Canadiens]

*Meet potential Flyers draftee Sonny Milano. [Buzzing The Net]

*One hockey player's experience of going pro. [The Score]

*The NHL's new playoff format was pretty successful. [Puck Daddy]

*Evaluating defensemen using their effect on both team and opponent Corsi. [Hockey-Graphs]

*We could be looking at only two outdoor NHL games next season, which frankly is a good thing. [Puck Daddy]

*Using FIFA's selection processes to construct a 32-team World Cup of Hockey. [The Hockey News]

*Doc Emrick on the Stanley Cup, hockey, and when it's best to just be quiet. [Sports Illustrated]

*And finally, here's Alec Martinez and Justin Williams making margaritas inside the Stanley Cup. [Puck Daddy]