Wednesday Morning Fly By: NHL hockey is back at long last

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

*With the holiday break in full swing, we’ve been sating our hockey need with World Juniors hockey. Did you miss the first day? Still need some intro? Kurt’s got you covered. [BSH]

*Carter Hart’s been tearing it up in the WHL this season, and looks to build on that performance in the World Juniors Tournament. And Ron Hextall has some advice for him, as he keeps rolling. [Courier Post]

*So how did our kids and their teammates do? The results from day one of the WJC. [SB Nation]

*And we’ve got some news! Yesterday the Flyers activated Michal Neuvirth off injured reserve, and sent Alex Lyon back to Lehigh Valley. And this may be good news for Brian Elliott, with another back to back coming up. []

*New week, new power rankings. Let’s go. [Puck Daddy]

*Bad news from the other side of the Metro: the Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson looks to be out for 4-6 weeks after breaking his foot during the game against the Flyers. [TSN]

*A breakdown of what we learned across the league this week [Puck Daddy]

*More news on the Zac Rinaldo front: he’s waived his right to an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety. He’ll have a phone interview later today. [TSN]

*And all of the discussion around Rinaldo’s actions and those of players like him raises the question: should teams be punished, as well as these players? [Pension Plan Puppets]