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Monday Morning Fly By: You know we don't really need this tournament.

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

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*It was all fun and games until it became clear that Claude Giroux was going to have a target on his back for the entirety of the two Team Canada exhibition games this weekend against the USA. Giroux admitted that he's playing through pain. Goddamnit. [Sons of Penn]

*But Claude is on a mission to win this thing for Canada. Have to wonder if the fact that he's been passed over for the Olympic teams plays a part in this. [Inquirer]

*The first two - meaningless! - games between the Americans and the Canadians were pretty chippy. Downright ugly at times. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Brayden Holtby is cool. [Puck Daddy]

*So it's pretty much full swing into the World Cup this week; which team has the best chance to win this thing? [Canadian Press]

*Scott Laughton and Andrew MacDonald are hoping to make some improvements this season. It's nice that Andrew is so committed to being a great AHL defenseman. [CSN Philly]

*The NHL is implementing some new measures this year to try and cut down on the number of concussion-related injuries. [Sportsnet]

*So really, why is scoring down in the NHL? [NHL Numbers]

*And finally, Brent Burns really should have cameras following him around at all times. [Sports Illustrated]