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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Hello, old friend.

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

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*The Flyers will be in Washington, D.C. this evening to take on our old pal Mike Richards and his Washington Capitals. Game is at 8PM because we're Rivals and stuff. Go Flyers!

*But the Flyers have a goalie for this game? Serious question. [Sons of Penn]

*Before tonight's game you can look back at the last game with 10 Things from the annoying loss to the Bruins. [BSH]

*Are the Flyers out of this year's playoff race, for sure? [Daily News]

*The trade deadline is fast approaching so let's start thinking about what, if anything, Ron should do. [Flyerdelphia]

*Claude Giroux thinks Michael Del Zotto stinks. [BSH]

*We finally got to see what Jordan Weal has the other night and he was the following: not awful. [CSN Philly]

*Wayne Simmonds looks back on his first NHL goal. [Flyers]

*Catching up with the Phantoms; Taylor Leier is particularly impressive at the moment. [Highland Park Hockey]

*How the toe tie decreased goal scoring. [Pattison Ave]

*Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts focuses on how the KHL develops its players. [Sportsnet]

*Soon, the NHL's online media will be overhauled by the same people who bring you MLB online media. Here's everything you need to know about the change. [Puck Daddy]

*The league is bringing the hammer down pretty hard on Shane Horcoff for testing positive for PEDs. [ProHockeyTalk]

*What happens when hockey fans have a fun idea that they actually turn into reality? Ladies and gentlemen, Babsocks. [The Globe and Mail]

*And finally, Claude Giroux is INCREDIBLE and don't you ever forget it. [BSH]