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Report: Briere expected to start season as non-roster/injured

Jan 17, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

Danny Briere AP

It looks like Danny Briere won’t be available for the season opener due to a hairline wrist fracture. In fact, he might not even start the campaign on the Philadelphia Flyers’ 23-game roster, according to CSN Philly’s sources.

The source suggested that the Flyers will list Briere as “non-roster/injured.” That wouldn’t spare Philadelphia of his $6.5 million annual cap hit, but it would give them an extra spot on their 23-game roster.

That would allow them to keep Tommy Sestito going into Saturday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Briere is also expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, but he might be available after that.

Meanwhile, 2012 first-round pick Scott Laughton is projected to be part of the Flyers’ opening game roster.

Laughton has 33 points and 32 penalty minutes in 32 OHL games this season and has impressed Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.

“It’s just been practices for the most part, but the kid can skate well, and make plays. He’s a smart player,” Laviolette said.

Of course, even if he makes the Flyers’ roster, he will have to work hard to stay with the team past the initial trial period.

  1. broadstbully33 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Another gem taken in the 20s by Philly. He is a mean hitter so keep ur head up Cindy

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Sestito is a dirty goon. I hope he plays against the Bruins so Horton can take him out. that dirty hit ended hortons season. was a big reason they went out in the first round

    • mweist11 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM


    • chrisvegas - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Every team has goons. Stop crying.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Not dirty goons, Bruins don’t have a Matt Cooke, Sestito, or Raffi Torres…

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    nothing like bringing in the goons early to take out the Penguins

  4. dcent87 - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Bruins suck with or without horton lol. Made my night guy

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Top 3 team in the east for the past few seasons, 13 players under 25, their two best players/prospects are 19 and 20, and a 25 year old goalie. I wouldn’t say they “suck”, and won’t be anytime in the future. Horton was a huge reason why they won the cup in 11′, or did you stop watching after they swept the flyers? all those game seven game winning goals, overtime GWG’s. I’d say Horton is a big part of their team. And to say “that made my night” is a pretty awful thing to say, I wouldn’t wish a concussion on anyone, not even Sestito.

  5. chrisvegas - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    As long as we have Briere for the playoffs.

  6. hockeyfan28 - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    About two months ago there was an article on here about how the flyers had the worst farm system in hockey
    These guys who do these rankings need to realize the flyers are really good at picking guys who can actually play in the NHL and not live on potential of what they are doing in college or the Swedish elite league or the AHL or whatever even if they where just drafted a few months ago add to the fact their one of the youngest teams in the league already.

    • jennettalia - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      “add to the fact their one of the youngest teams in the league already.”

      That depends on how much you want to call “one of”… They rank 16th in the “youngest teams” competition. So bottom half. Granted, pending roster shakeups, they could slide a few rankings… they definitely aren’t THAT young.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:49 AM

        Yes but those take into account the average age of the team. So players like Timonen, Briere, Fedotenko, Foster, Hartnell, Bryz, Leighton, Shelley, and possibly Pronger (since he’s technically part of the roster) skew the average. But they have a lot of key players 25 and under… Giroux, both Schenns, Couturier, Simmonds, Voracek, Rinaldo, Wellwood, Laughton, Sestito, Bourdon, and Gustafsson. And Matt Read is 26. That’s a ton of youth, even if not all those players are healthy contributors right now.

      • jennettalia - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Your definition of “key” players is listing… every single player they have under 25. You then list the 10 oldest guys and call that skewing the average. That’s creating the average. That is, to definition, how averages work.

        Almost every team in the league can claim what you just claimed, if your definition of “key” is existing…

        25 and unders:
        ANA: Rakell, Etem, Smith-Pelly, Fowler, Palmieri, Vatanen, Holland, Sbisa, Andersen, Beleskey, Bonino, Cogliano, Ryan
        BOS: Hamilton, Seguin, Warsofsky, MacDermid, Lucic, Marchand, Rask (Bourque, Khudobin, Krejci, and McQuaid being 26)
        BUF: Grigorenko, Foligno, Hodgson, Myers, Brennan, Ennis, Enroth, Gerbe, Weber

        I wasn’t trying to say the Flyers are an old team (though I can see the fanboys are utilizing default hatred of anyone not waiving the right flag high). I just took issue with someone being critical… and then lying to try and use it as some sort of evidence. Almost like you’re doing here. But it’s the internet, arguing will get me nowhere. Fallen on deaf ears.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Well really the flyers only have 4 guys over 30 who play significant roles on the team Briere, Timmonen, Hartnell, and of course Bryz the other guys are kinda depth coaches decision players….what I was alluding to is the flyers who consistently have to draft in the back half of the first round barring a fluke year like 2007 or a trade Carter to Columbus produce better NHL talent then these guys who chronically draft in the top 10 think a few other teams aren’t regretting Sean Couterrier at 8 or Claude Giroux in the 20’s? Certain teams know how to draft like the flyers and to an extent the devils and other teams don’t but you’d never know it by the way their young talent is viewed by these farm system lovers.

  7. valoisvipers - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I do believe the Flyers played with the most rookies in the league last season.

  8. broadstbully33 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    That’s correct sir… 9 I believe

  9. flyersphan28 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    @bigbadbruins77 yea sesito is a dirty goon ill give you that, but at least he drops em when confronted…instead you have the dirtiest rat faced player in the league in brad marchand. dirtiest player in the league with his stick and cheap hits from behing/knees

  10. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Okay fair enough, Marchand is a big instigator, but he’s far from a goon. He scores 30 goals a season, should be more this year. He does drop the gloves though. He even faught a much bigger P.K. Subban last year twice in the same game. He did fairly well for himself too. Minor institagion techniques like he does doesn’t cause career ending injuries like Siesto does. Marchands hip check on Salo was a bit low, but not that bad, Salo is called the “fragile finn” for a reason. Salo is over 200 lbs and was coming full speed to nail Marchand into the boards, I might have dumped him on his ass to defend myself too. Given the Canucks and Bruins history, I don’t blame him. Too bad he didn’t dump Aaron Rome on his butt, oh wait he wasn’t playing because he’s a goon.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      but’s the hard part about playing against the Bruins, not only can they beat you up, but they can score on you too (see Lucic, Chara, Horton, Boychuk, Ference, and shoot even Thornton has some nice goals sometimes).

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