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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Confident Claude

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

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* Claude Giroux still sees the Flyers as "a playoff team". Gotta love the optimism, I think? [BSH]

* On a few different topics, including potential extensions for Nick Schultz and Michael Del Zotto: [Philly.com]

* Michael Raffl has a "small bout of pneumonia" in his lung. That sounds very not-fun! [BSH]

* Nick Cousins, with 17 points in 13 January games, was named AHL Player of the Month for January: [BSH]

* So Yahoo's Greg Wyshynski met NHL referee Tim Peel -- a frequent target of criticism from many, especially Wyshynski himself -- for drinks and wrote about it. The NHL suspended Peel for one game as a result. Be lamer, NHL: [Puck Daddy]

* Why every team in the NHL will or will not win the Stanley Cup, in exactly three words each: [Winging It In Motown]

* Ted Nolan is encouraging the players on Ted Nolan's team to play well enough to get traded off of Ted Nolan's team. Yes, that's as bizarre as it sounds: [theScore]

* Some more specifics on the Las Vegas season ticket drive: [SBNation]

* Nick Grossmann is probably gonna play in Carlo Colaiacovo's place on Thursday, but, like ... why? [BSH]

* The new stats on NHL dot com will be rolled out on February 20. There will be 35 of them: [Sporting News]

* Dan Carcillo, who returned from the lineup last night following a six-game suspension, says he "won't change" his style following the suspension. Shocked, really: [NBC Chicago]

* A recap of the first episoe of Epix's Road to the Stadium Series, which aired last night: [Fear the Fin]

* The Beanpot, one of college hockey's most famous tournaments, began yesterday. The Jack Eichel-led-Boston University beat Harvard in double-OT despite Harvard's goalie making 63(!) saves: [SBN College Hockey]

* New Stanley Cup odds: [CBSSports]

* It takes a really impressive season (OR: a season where you score a lot of points) to be listed among the odds-on Hart Trophy favorites, but that's exactly where Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux are: [BSH]

* Kyle Okposo of the Islanders -- the Flyers' opponent on Thursday, of course -- is out with a detached retina, which owwwwwww that sounds uncomfortable: [ESPN]

* Brandon Prust writes a bit about fighting, including an anecdote about a fight he had with one Zac Rinaldo last November: [The Players' Tribune]

* Lastly, because we all love #memes and the Super Bowl: SAN JOSE SHORKS LEFT SHARK JERSEY. [Sporting News]