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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Bunch of schmelts around here...

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

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*The Broad Street Hockey 25 Under 25 keeps rolling along with our next victim, Petr Straka. [BSH]

*If you are a confused and distressed person, perhaps you'd like to buy one of those 50th anniversary jerseys. [Sons of Penn]

*In case you missed it, the great Elliotte Friedman dropped an incredibly great piece giving tons of insight on the two blockbuster trades that rocked the league on free agency day. Must read, if you ask me. [Sportsnet]

*And in that piece the Oilers, particularly Peter Chiarelli, look like a total clown show. [Puck Daddy]

*So get ready for the hockey world to focus on the World Cup for the next couple of weeks, for obvious reasons. Not everyone seems particularly excited about it, though. [Winging It In Motown]

*YOU KNOW WHAT IS EXCITING? A possible Captain Couturier, that's what! [ESPN]

*Russia has a seriously sick crop of forwards for this tournament but can their defense keep up? [ProHockeyTalk]

*The starting goaltender for Team USA is still up in the air. [USA Today]

*Ten questions you might have about the upcoming tournament are answered. Hooray for the internet! [Puck Daddy]

*Bill Daly says everyone is happy with the current CBA, which means we'll definitely have another lock out when it expires. [ProHockeyTalk]

*On weighing shot rates based on passing numbers. [Hockey Graphs]

*You know how sometimes hockey players don't look that athletic when the pads come off? Brooks Laich is not one of those players. [Pension Plan Puppets]

*And finally, watching players define hockey slang never gets old, so here we go. [TSN]