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Flyers to ice ‘French Connection’ line tonight

Mar 13, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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The Flyers will take a page out of the Sabres’ history book on Wednesday.

Philadelphia will ice a modern version of the French Connection line — made famous in Buffalo during the 70s by Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert — by putting Sean Couturier between Daniel Briere and Simon Gagne to face the Devils in New Jersey (on NBCSN).

“I like it,” Couturier told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We can speak French and get some strategy going without the other team knowing it.”

Couturier, 20, is from Bathurst, New Brunswick — a city where over 50 percent of the population speaks French only. He’ll be the baby-faced (or, visage poupin) center for the 33-year-old Gagne (from Sainte-Foy, Quebec) and the 35-year-old Briere (from Gatineau, Quebec).

“Hopefully, with the other two French guys, we can start to do something,” Briere told the Inquirer. “I played with Simon quite a bit before, so at least it’s someone that I know, and we’ve got some young legs with us.”

Gagne and Briere were occasional linemates during Philly’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2010, combining for 42 points as the Flyers lost in six games to Chicago in the finals.

  1. tarotsujimoto74 - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    They should not be able to bear that name and no one should refer to them as such.

    • jaredphi - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Philly pundits are referring to it as “French Connection II”.

      I’m with you as long as you agree that no other team can use “Legion of Doom” or anything remotely close to it.

      • tarotsujimoto74 - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        New nicknames should be created, why tread on the history of great lines of the past. Create your own history.

      • r8rbhawk - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        I agree there is only one legion of doom line. The crazy thing now is there are plenty of forward lines that have all 3 guys as big or bigger than the boys on the original legion of doom line.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Iam embarrassed !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Why we are at it lets bring back the CRAZY EIGHT’S Line ! Claude, Briere, and move Grossman up from D haha!

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Ménage à trois…?

  3. uscthom78 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Sacre bleu line

  4. girouxvy - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Sean Couturier is from Phoenix, Arizona.

    • 19to77 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      “Couturier was born in Phoenix, Arizona while his father played for the IHL’s Phoenix Roadrunners. Following his father’s retirement, the family moved to Bathurst, New Brunswick. Couturier played his minor hockey in Bathurst and calls the city home.”

      Funny what sixty seconds on a Wiki page will tell you.

      • girouxvy - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Gotta love the internet.

      • crosberries - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        It says it on the Internet so it’s gotta be true!!

  5. missthemexpos - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    ” We can speak french and get some strategy going without the other team knowing it” , sounds like a plan, but beware of Steve Bernier of the Devils, he could be a french spy and pass on you secret strategy to his coach.

    • whatthepuck2012 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      My first thought was, “No one else in the league speaks French?” Yeah you guys will be fearsome now, Sean.

  6. jaybird22seven - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Will this line make a difference?
    NO !!!

  7. uscthom78 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Can’t reuse legion of doom….so how about road warriors.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      i’ll humor you, why would they be called the road warriors?

      • uscthom78 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        It’s a wrestling reference ….

  8. ndrick731 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    How about ” the overrated line”

    • DonkeyStick - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      “overrated, shouldn’t have traded for, Briere line”

  9. flyeredup - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Fire Lavy and Holmgren. Fly Guyz stink.

  10. puckmepuckyou - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Only the writers are calling it the French Connection. The fans know better than recycle a name. We call it the get your asses moving line mostly.

  11. kicksave1980 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Le câlisse de tabarnak line

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Tabarnak indeed

  12. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I assume this means Read moves up to wing on the 2nd line? I don’t know if I agree with the move… Laviolette’s strategy to get two unproductive players (Briere & Couturier) going is to put them together? Hopefully it works, but the coach’s maneuvering hasn’t produced great results so far this season.

  13. 5hole26 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    putting a turd between 2 used tampons. now thats the ticket lol

    • handsofsweed - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Funniest/best troll moment you’ve ever had. Actually, the ONLY one you’ve ever had. But damn, that was a good one. (You’re still a jagoff.)

  14. phillyphannn83 - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    So Pierre Mcguire thinks Devils coach Peter DeBoer has a “mastery” of the Flyers with an 11-10 record against them. Hmmmm, bar set pretty low huh Pierre??

    • handsofsweed - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Going with the “turd between 2 used tampons” them for line combinations, I nominate a line of McGuire-Millbury-Roenick. Or we could go with McGuire-Cherry-Millbury. Either one works. Just flush the damn toliet already, I guess.

  15. jessethegreat - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM


  16. hockeyfan28 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    You can almost see Pierre Mcguires hatred of Philly when he calls one of their games…..that aside Peter Laviolette should be fired his team has clearly tuned the guy out if their sticking with him it means their tanking the season for a high draft cause this team is has now lost 7 straight to new jersey…..7 of the last 8 to the rangers…..blew a three goal lead at home to the arch rivals…..and won once in the last two years against Boston

  17. thewardenbb - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Just ridiculous, seriously……. create your own history. You can’t just be all french done nothing together and refer to yourselves as the French Connection

  18. bufffalojoe - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    It doesn’t matter these 3 will never be cast in a bronze statue!

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