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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Sports are bad again

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

*Nolan Patrick left the game last night with a head injury and literally nothing else matters (the rest was bad too). RECAP.

*Claude Giroux has never scored 30 goals in a single season in his career. Is this year the year he cracks it? [NBC Sports Philly]

*We’re seeing more Brian Elliott than we are Michal Neuvirth, and I wonder at what point we declare a number one goaltender. []

*With Andrew MacDonald out of the lineup for at least a month, we saw the debut of some new defensive pairings last night. Let’s break them down. [Sons of Penn]

*Speaking of defensemen, Samuel Morin is crushing up in Allentown. It’s almost like he’s better than an AHL defenseman! [The Morning Call]

*Luckily, the Flyers are off to a pretty solid start this season because for the team that started off slow, the playoffs may already be lost. [Hockeybuzz]

*31 Thoughts, at least one of which is relevant to your interests. [Sportsnet]

*The NHL’s concussion protocol continues to be...well, pointless, as illustrated by what happened to Jonathan Quick the other night. [ProHockeyTalk]

*A cautionary tale about shooting performance. [TSN]

*If you had to build a team around one of the league’s young stars, who would you choose? [ESPN]

*DGB on ten crazy ways to fix the NHL All-Star game. [Sportsnet]

*This article on the art of scoring a goal off of a tip in the NHL is a fantastic read, don’t skip this one. [The National Post]

*And finally, new BSH Radio! In which we ponder, for a brief moment, if Andrew MacDonald is Actually Good. [BSH]