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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Oh right, hockey is bad.

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

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*Man a few days off and you forget that hockey is actually trash and it brings nothing but sorrow to your life. Recap!

*Steve Mason is looking to finish his shaky season on a high note. Here's hoping. [Inquirer]

*Michael Del Zotto is practicing again. Cool. [CSN Philly]

*Wayne Simmonds says winning MVP and a fancy new car wasn't even the best part of his All-Star experience. [Courier-Post]

*Ratings-wise, the NHL All-Star game wasn't that big a success. Hmm it's almost like this league is bad at marketing itself hmm. [Puck Daddy]

*To that end, did anyone even know there was a celebrity hockey game this weekend until AFTER it was over? [Puck Junk]

*Seems like the AHL All-Star game in Allentown was a rousing success, though. Here are some pictures! [The Morning Call]

*Our own Taylor Leier was named MVP of the game, which is pretty cool. [Sons of Penn]

*Danny Briere was there coaching. What's he up to? [The Morning Call]

*The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and you can expect that Ron will do absolutely nothing. [BSH]

*The NHL thinks its arenas need to do better jobs with their ice. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Yesterday we saw DGB's list of Western Conference GMs facing pressure, now he looks at the East. [Sportsnet]

*On NHL goalies and their new pants. [The New York Times]

*And finally, in case you missed it, here's the newest episode of BSH Radio, in which we rank things and yell incoherently about how the NHL is bad at things. [BSH]