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Report: Flyers’ Danny Briere could return this weekend…maybe

Jan 22, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers are off to an 0-3 start to begin the lockout-shortened 48-game regular season and have scored just three goals in that span.

But there could be good news – or at least better news – on the horizon.

Right winger Danny Briere, 35, could return to the Flyers lineup this weekend, according to a report on

“I felt a little better again, today,” Briere told

“It seems every time I have been skating, I take the next step, but then there is something else that prevents me from going too hard or all out.

Briere, who scored eight times and contributed 13 points overall in 11 post-season games for Philadelphia last year, injured his wrist while playing in Germany during the NHL lockout.

The pending Briere return comes at a time when the Flyers are struggling to find any scoring at all.

The Flyers, after losses to Pittsburgh and Buffalo on the weekend, fell 3-0 to the New Jersey Devils, last year’s Stanley Cup finalists, on the road.

Travis Zajac, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk – on a penalty shot – scored for the Devils.

And, of course, fans, media and former players are taking notice. Twitter, as it does most nights in the NHL, lit up with chatter of the Flyers’ current ineptitude.

The Devils, on the other hand, didn’t have Zach Parise in the lineup. He signed that 13-year, $98 million deal with the Minnesota Wild during the summer. Adam Henrique, one of three Calder Trophy finalists last season, is also seven-to-10 days away from returning from thumb surgery.

  1. jimw81 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    i wouldnt be surprised if flyers made a trade or major move in the next couple of days

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Great but right now the Flyers need to get the players they together. I always hate playing the Devils but that was as painful as the playoff series. You can’t dominate the 1st period and go in down 2-0. That just destroyed our confidence. The effort and decision making was beyond horrendous. Briere will even the lines out, but the Flyers have to atleast take the Rangers to OT. We have to get points.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      *they have together.

    • jimw81 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Briere is worst of the problems right now. Flyers issue is Dead weight in Foster, Gervais, and Fedotenko. That money could’ve been spent on something useful. players are sleep walking through games. front office isnt going to tolrate osing to the #Devils the way they did last season and this slow start is not going to sit well with Holmgren it his bosses. A move is going to happen.

  3. crosberries - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Maybe he’ll give them some sort of leadership cause they sure aren’t getting it from the captain Total melt down against new jersey

  4. xflyersx - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Poopie diarrhea offense tonight, I hope Briere can make a difference when he comes back.

    Did Jagr really affect the offense that much?

    • jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      hard to just let 3rd on the team in scoring go and not bring in anything to replace him. losing jvr and jagr and gaining what? fedotenko and schenn? flyers took a gamble by relying on 3 guys with good rookie seasons to carry some weight – they’re not bad players but you have to expect a dropoff somewhere in their sophmore years, odds are not good that all 3 will be as productive much less better. its gotta come from somewhere else and i dont think briere solves it by any means.

      • xflyersx - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I agree. Last night was scary to watch, and if that’s the offensive production we’re going to have to expect, it’s going to be a tough season.

  5. orangeandblack67 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Absolutely disgusting! Sloppy passes, poor decisions, and horrible positioning. The flyers went into the room after the first with their heads down and came out with their heads up (up their a$$e$ that is).

  6. martysbetter - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    This is exactly how the playoff series went last year; one call that doesn’t go their way, one goal that shouldn’t have happened and the Flyers just lose complete control and stop playing hockey. It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of level-heads on that team, and it clearly shows on the ice – ie. Giroux taking 2 penalties in the 3rd on some really petulant stuff.

    The biggest difference between these two clubs is that the New Jersey Devils play as a team and have leadership, and the Philadelphia Flyers do not.

    Great team game by the Devils, really happy with how they’re playing so far overall and Marty with the 120th shutout of his career is looking awesome.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      “one call that doesn’t go their way, one goal that shouldn’t have happened and the Flyers just lose complete control and stop playing hockey”

      That’s a leadership issue.

  7. vindicatus - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I dunno, that game looked like typical Flyers BS to me. In typical Philthy fashion, they stopped playing hockey about midway through and just tried to goon it out the rest of the way. Maybe if they actually played the game, they would be more threatening.

    Zach who?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      They did what any other team across the NHL would do if they were getting beat all over the ice. It’s about providing a spark. Was it smart? No, not at all. But in some games a fight or penalty can flip momentum. I didn’t want them to play that way but they’re desperate. It really felt exactly like last year’s playoff series. They played the third period like they were up 3-0 instead of down 3-0. They were barely skating and never took advantage of potential shooting lanes. Just throw it at the net! Gotta give kudos to the Devils though, they play one hell of a suffocating defense. Takes me back to the Scott Stevens days (which I hated).

  8. steelers88 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    If the Flyers can ever get this scoring thingy figured out the Flyers might actually be really dangerous cause Bryzgalov is actually stopping the puck. I know I’m shocked too.

    • killerpgh - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      He might have a decent stat line from this game, but he gave up 2 goals on the 1st 3 shots of the game. That will kill teams even if the goals are not his fault.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      not all his fault but i wouldnt say 0-3 .902 and 3.04 are great numbers.

  9. hallsy86 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Bryzgalov, 2013 First, and 2014 First to Columbus for Bobrovsky?

  10. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    3 goals in 3 games. Easy to blame Bryz when you don’t watch the game Mr. Millard. This team reminds of the Eagles this past two years. No defense. A coach that doesn’t seem to be willing to address glaring weaknesses. The team doesn’t seem to have a sense of urgency. Time to panic? No. Concerned? No doubt. Danny B will be pleasant addition. And say what you want about he age, Jags is sorely missed.

  11. orangeandblack67 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Really vindicatus? The Flyers had only 2 more PIM then the devils. As far as your overplayed Philthy pun; have you ever been to Newark?

  12. orangeandblack67 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    And I am sure you will be missing the Zach you speak of come the end of the season when you are looking for the 31 goals he was responsible for along with Sykoras 21. Clarkson won’t get close to last years totals, his goal tonight was a lucky bounce along with bad positioning on Fedatenkos part.

    • cerealrapist - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      First off, most of those 31 goals were Clarkson-goals. Parise did the dirty work and get rebound goals and clean up goals. He didn’t score Kovalchuk-goals.

      Sykora didn’t even dress for half the playoffs. He won’t be missed. We’d all rather see Tedenby and Josefson really get a shot.

      Lastly, Zajac will be a 30 goal scorer – or close to it – And he missed the regular season last year. So there’s your 30 goals made up right there.

      The Devils are a system team. No one player is irreplaceable. That’s why they’re successful no matter who’s on the ice.

      • martyb30 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        Right on. The devils are the type of team where goals lost by one or two players can be spread out through the rest of the team. The devils excel at team play. With Zajac back and the young players proving themselves, I think they’ll be fine.

      • ferrantej - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        You forgot about Henrique, who hasn’t even played yet this year.

  13. hockeyfan28 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    You cannot beat 3 goals with no goals poor special teams and no legit winger to play with Giroux is killing these guys
    Shenn, Voracek , and Read seem to not even be trying out there

  14. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    The Capitals, Rangers, and Flyers don’t have a single point between them. Is this real life? LET’S GO PENS!

  15. rgledz - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    East Coast BS….who cares….nothing about the Hawks 3-0 start. Typical

  16. sjsharks66 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Doubt he will make a big difference. I don’t know, maybe it was to soon to slap the C on Girouxe? Maybe it is adding pressure, feeling like he needs to step up more. Or maybe Hartnell was lucky last year with his production and cant help G out as much.

    Really not clear where the problem is, however i am enjoying it as i hate Philly. Dont get me wrong, they have talent. However they should not expect a lot on Hartnell and simmonds last impressive season.

  17. tcclark - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Why do people keep blaming the lack of scoring on Giroux? He has 2/3 of the goals on the team. People just want to blame the guy for really not doing anything wrong. Does he take a bad penalty every once in a while? Absolutely, but it’s because he is extremely competitive. That is something i WANT in a captain. He just needs to learn to be a little more like Pronger. Pronger has that fire and took terrible penalties when he was younger, but learned to channel the competitiveness elsewhere and began to earn the respect of the officials who eventually let him get away with things here or there. He just needs time. Let’s not get on the guy after 3 games for every little thing wrong with this team. I personally wanted Danny Briere to get the C, just to take the pressure and the unwarranted criticism away from G for a few years, but it is what it is and the kid really is a great leader for the Flyers. He embodies a Flyers captain in many of the ways that Clarke, Lindros, and Pronger did. Give him a chance before you doubt him.

    oh, and when did Danny Briere become “Right Winger Danny Briere?” He has played some wing in the past, but HATES it. He has been primarily a center for the large majority of his career

  18. orangeandblack67 - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    First off how are they Clarkson goals? Last time I checked the goal scorer gets the notch in the goal column so they were definitely Parise goals. Second of all Zajac has only scored over 20 goals once in his career (25) and that was while playing in almost every game so tell me how you see him getting 30 in 48? Don’t count your eggs before they hatch buddy.

  19. orangeandblack67 - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Fact check- Sykora played in 18 out of 24 playoff games last year. Your math is a little off.

  20. 87eatsyourmom - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    wow philthi is showing their true hack colors again. franchise wannabes!!!

  21. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Gonna be a long day at school but thank god for the game tonight!!! All-Day 3-0 BOYZZ!!! Oh and did I mention the Flyers are 0-3! Pens about to be 3-0 Tonight!

  22. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I could get used to this Flyers losing every game thing!

  23. ferrantej - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Flyer fans can officially begin to panic.

    Here’s a nice little stat to chew on – during the 1994-95 season, no team that went 3 or more games without registering a point made the playoffs.

    • ferrantej - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      This would be a great stat if it were true – I’m blaming Seth Rorabaugh of the P/G for tweeting this. Or maybe it was Rossi at the Trib.

  24. mafmvp - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Filthy uses Fedetenko to kill penalties, that is proof of what a disaster this team has become. Does anyone know the record for most losses to start a captaincy, because I’m pretty sure this Crosby wanna-be isgoing to start out at least 0-5.

  25. 87eatsyourmom - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    claudette giroux is the worst captain ive ever seen. i think he needs to shadow the great one – sid for a season. maybe after that period of time his giant vag will turn into a thick chunky campbells soup can. probably not tho, gingers are souless with sloppy slits

  26. orangeandblack67 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Ferrante, you need to check your Facts. Flyers started the “94-“95 season 0-3-0. Not only did they make the playoffs, they won the Atlantic division title.

    • ferrantej - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      I sit corrected – my bad for believing what some of the Pittsburgh hacks report.

  27. orangeandblack67 - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    It just goes to show that Pittsburgh will say anything to troll the Flyers.

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