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• Big Dmitry interview coming up around 1 p.m. EST. Please do check it out.
• It's finally here: The Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell Night, in which the first 5,000 fans, and everyone 14-and-under, will receive Scott Hartnell wigs. You know who we feel bad for? The kid who gets his wig ripped off in the men's room by adult Flyers fan No. 5,001. Hartnell hasn't had a haircut in 18 months. This story curiously doesn't mention anything about "washing." [Philly.com]
• From ESPN's Pierre LeBrun: "The Flyers may not have the superstar stud up front like Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin, but, collectively, their top eight is tough to beat in the East." Please allow us to spark the debate over whether or not Mike Richards, he of the 74 points and the universal praise around the league, qualifies as a star. [ESPN]
• Meanwhile, reality is setting in for the Florida Panthers and their playoff drive, via George Richards: "These guys are fried. They can still turn things around, still get up into eighth place and make the playoffs. But not playing like this. As Dennis Green once said, 'they are who we thought they were.' It's November all over again. And that's not good." Yuck. [On Frozen Pond]
• Why, despite his incredible success behind the Pittsburgh Penguins bench, GM Ray Shero shouldn't be in a hurry to take the interim tag off of coach Dan Bylsma. [Post Gazette]
• Very interesting follow-up from John Glennon on the potential rematch between Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators and Brad Staubitz of the San Jose Sharks: "Staubitz - in mixed martial-arts fashion - used his padded elbow to hammer Tootoo several times, bloodying Tootoo's face and forcing Tootoo to miss a large chunk of the game while getting medical attention. Neither Tootoo, Predators General Manager David Poile nor league executives had ever seen such a tactic used. There's no specific rule that addresses it - or forbids it." The fight, in case you missed it, is below. [Tennessean]