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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Happy Birthday, Robert Earle Clarke!

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

Jim McIsaac

*Ron Hextall wants you to know that there won't be any big trades to improve the Flyers' defense this year. [BSH]

*Hexy sat down for a one-on-one with Steve Coates to go over the state of the team position by position. [Flyers]

*In honor of Bobby Clarke's birthday, Meltzer suggests taking a little road trip to Manitoba's best-named town, Flin Flon. [Hockeybuzz]

*An offseason progress report for the Metropolitan Division. [Pro Ice Hockey- About]

*Did you know the Montreal Maroons almost moved to Philadelphia? [BSH]

*A look at usage by age for NHL defensemen. [Edmonton Journal]

*"Moneypuck"= fantasy hockey? [The Huffington Post]

*SB Nation's countdown of last season's ten best goals continues with number nine, a beaut from Brad Marchand. [SB Nation]

*The Florida Panthers are in big, big trouble financially and should probably move. [The Hockey News]

*The league is working on a new CBA with its referees. [ProHockeyTalk]

*The recent rash of stats-based hires in the NHL will challenge the conventional media paradigm on analytics. [Sporting News]

*On the value of Corsi possession measured in actual goals. [Hockey-Graphs]

*And finally, Paul Bissonnette might not have an actual hockey job at the moment, but yesterday he won the internet. [Puck Daddy]