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Friday Morning Fly By: We waited a long time for that

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

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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

*So after a nice long break, during which we were woefully bereft of Flyers hockey, your favorite team came out and took a big steaming pile of poop on the slushy Floridian ice. And tonight we do it again, only against a much better team. Hooray. Recap.

*Shayne Gostisbehere, noted Floridian Son (get it????) and excellent hockey player, is bummed out by the fact that his hometown team draws abysmal attendance numbers, despite being a pretty good hockey team. [Philly.com]

*So, Valtteri Filppula, gang. Have you been happy with the throwaway inclusion to the Big Schenn Trade? Finding any value there? Dave Hakstol is. [Courier-Post]

*There’s a big game today up in Buffalo! And it’s outside! In the goddamned freezing cold! I would assume most of you are rooting for the American kids, so here are five to watch. [USA Today]

*And finally, heading into another long holiday weekend, we have Monday’s Winter Classic to look forward to. The Rangers will be playing, again. On their history in outdoor games. [Blueshirt Banter]

**Enjoy your weekend and be safe, Flyers fans! Broad Street Hockey will see you next year.