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Flyers get good news about Briere’s wrist injury

Jan 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Danny Briere AP

Daniel Briere had a wrist injury when the lockout ended and he returned from his time with the Berlin Polar Bears.

Originally the severity and specifics of the ailment were unclear, but now we know that Briere is recovering from a hairline fracture, according to CSN Philly.

It was initially speculated that he had no worst than a bone bruise, but the news is actually mostly positive for Flyers fans.

“The injury showed it’s a little further along in a good way than what we had initially anticipated,” Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren said.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow and the next day. It probably changes at least my thoughts about him being out an extended period of time. It might not be as long as we initially thought.”

The 35-year-old forward was previously questionable for the season opener.

Briere put up disappointing numbers in 2011-12, but he bounced back in a big way during the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Flyers will open the shortened season with a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The match will be part of NBC’s opening day coverage.

  1. bardown66 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Good for briere. As a pens fan since the drafting of Lemieux I’ve had a disdain for that team, but a briere is a small guy who plays a tough game around the net. I give him props.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Yeah I agree – never had any ill will towards Briere (save the fist pump after his goals – but that’s more of a “me” problem than a “him” problem). He DECIMATED us in the first round of the playoffs last year, but I still want him on the ice for the opener – playing a rival without their best players isn’t fun.

      Just make sure he keeps his head up leaving his zone :)

  2. riflemanlax - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    When is he not good in the playoffs?

    If they could find a way to convince him every game was in the postseason he’d be top 5 in the league.

    • delsj - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      This could be that year? Short-season, playoff vibe every game. Probably not though.

  3. phillyphannn83 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Danny has always been slightly above average during the regular season and a superstar in the playoffs. He just gets amped for the postseason. It’d be nice to see a little more consistency during the regular season but it beats having a guy who’s a superstar during the reg season but fades away in the playoffs *cough* Malkin *cough*

    • sportsfreak13 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      81 points in 68 playoff games is fading away? Typical philly fan comment right there.

      • phillyphannn83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:54 AM

        Well lets see, last season, Geno as you guys like to call him, scored 1.33 points per game durig the season but FADED to 1.19 in the playoffs. Briere on the other hand, scored 0.7 ppg during the season but improved to 1.18 ppg during the playoffs. And just so you know, this is exactly the trend for both players for their careers. Briere’s ppg goes up in the playoffs while Malkins gets worse. Numbers dont lie my friend, despite what your biased eyes tell you.

  4. blackandyellow71 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Oh you mean Conn Smythe winner Evgeni Malkin? Does Danny Briere have one of those? How about his name on the Stanley Cup? No?

  5. somekat - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Good to hear. He will have to put together a strong season to avoid being the Flyers 2nd buyout candidate.

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