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Thursday Morning Fly By: And this is why Deadline Day is such a crashing bore.

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

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*Let's continue to talk about why that overtime loss in Montreal was really the most annoying kind of loss. [Inquirer]

*Also annoying about that game? That the team showed flashes of competence that has been missing for most of the year. [Daily News]

*Ray Emery certainly seemed up for the job of replacing Mason for the next few weeks, though. [CSN Philly]

*A few former Flyers surprised some ice skating kids at a local rink recently. []

*Kimmo Timonen addressed the potential for a trade situation once he returns from injury. [Courier-Post]

*The Flyers' penalty kill continues to improve. That's something. [CSN Philly]

*Enough about the dumb Flyers though. Yesterday's big big news was a big big trade between the Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres. [Die By The Blade]

*Sean McIndoe offers his thoughts on the trade. [Grantland]

*And since one giant trade wasn't enough, the Sabres also made a smaller trade with the Dallas Stars. [Defending Big D]

*One of ESPN's most recent 30-for-30 documentaries is worth a watch. [Buzz On Broad]

*The six most underrated players in the NHL, at the moment. [USA Today]

*Phil Kessel seems to be a fourth liner now. See, Vinny. It's not that bad. [TSN]

*Speaking of the Leafs, Al Morganti thinks the league should rig the draft lottery in their favor wait what?? [Philly Voice]

*This look at the science behind outdoor hockey rinks is a pretty cool read. []

*On why winter hockey travel is no joke. [The Huffington Post]

*It might be time to say enough already with the outdoor games. [SB Nation College Hockey]

*Maybe the Flyers should try something unconventional to try and improve? [Pattison Ave]

*Sean Couturier is kind of a master troll. [BSH]

*And finally, NHL players name their ideal Valentine's Day date. Hilarity ensues. [TSN]