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Briere out indefinitely with concussion

Mar 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

Danny Briere AP

Flyers forward Danny Briere is out indefinitely with a concussion, the club announced today.

Briere reportedly suffered the injury Saturday when he crashed into the boards during practice. The 35-year-old missed Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

For the Flyers, it’s more bad news in a season that appears likely to finish without a playoff appearance. With 17 games remaining, Philadelphia is five points back of the eighth-place Rangers in the Eastern Conference.

Briere has five goals and eight assists in 26 games.

The injury should also end the trade speculation that’s surrounded the veteran forward as the April 3 deadline approaches. Briere is signed through 2014-15 with a cap hit of $6.5 million; however, his salary dips to $3 million and $2 million for next season and the one after that, respectively.

The Flyers also announced that defenseman Nicklas Grossmann is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Philadelphia hosts the Rangers Tuesday.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    The big dawgs of every team are going down. While Pitts makes run-for-the-cup style trades. This is gonna be an interesting post season. But I’m not about to hand it to anyone yet.

    • uncledick - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Wouldnt exactly consider Briere a big dawg, last i checked he was like −12 on the season and averaging less than half a point a game. BTW he’s also the highest paid player on the team… and please don’t argue playoff performance, its irrelevant.

      • flyers22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Don’t argue playoff performance ? Yes because the playoffs are irrelevant, there isn’t one team in the NHL who wouldn’t want him for a playoff run your comments are irrelevant udick

      • uncledick - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Its irrelevant because if he doesnt help you get there then what good is he? He’s getting 6.5 mil to do NOTHING.

      • uncledick - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Thats fine if another team wants to scoop him up to help put them over the top, but as a year long contributor he’s worthless, he is literally invisible every game.

      • flyers22 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        The flyers are in the playoffs every year and wouldn’t be as successful as they are without briere he leads all players in playoff points since the lockout who wouldn’t want that? That right there earns him his check. the whole flyers team isn’t achieving right now the only one who is having a great season is timonen and voracek there is plenty of talent on this roster to be successful. This team isn’t out of the playoffs yet 17 games left all we need is a little run only being 5 points back and we can get in once we are there it’s a new season and I highly doubt Pitt is going to want to see us the first round. So once we get in yes briere will be that big DAWG

      • DonkeyStick - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        “The flyers are in the playoffs every year and wouldn’t be as successful as they are without briere he leads all players in playoff points since the lockout who wouldn’t want that?”

        1. They’re not in the playoffs this year. 2. What success? A couple of playoff wins…..WOW!!! Trade him asap, get a draft pick or two and move away from this contract. Cudos for signing him a few years ago but it’s time to move on.

  2. xflyersx - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM


  3. uncledick - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    (sniff, sniff)… I smell a buyout coming

    • jaredphi - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      I don’t think you can buy-out an injured player, unfortunately.

      Every rumor source and insider I know is saying Philly wants him GONE. If he wasn’t going to waive his no-trade….then a buyout WAS the plan this summer…until the injury occurred.

      But this concussion has now stymied the whole thing…

  4. djamesbart - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    and there goes his trade value

    • uncledick - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      He was going to be difficult to trade anyway due to his NMC and marital dispute going on.

    • coronakid76 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      For only 3 Million next year and 2 Mil after that. Might as well just keep him on the roster and trade him in the last year of his contract. Granted he will be 37 by that time so you can figure to pry a 3rd round pick still or even a low 2nd high 3rd to a team looking for that playoff magic. This team has more rookies, 2nd year players and needs the vets around to provide whatever kinda guidance they can. What we really need this coming season (as I have already written this year off) is a few Mobile Defensive Blue Liners!!!!! Timmo gets burnt all the time at the end of games, Coburn is always outta position. Flyers as a Franchise has a lot of holes to fill at every level. We have nobody that can come in from the minors and fill / keep the spot they are in (on D at least) We have to be one of the worst Franchises at Developing and retaining players we draft. Always trading them for someone on the downside of their career. SMH……..These Philly Franchises drive the fans crazy…..That’s why we’re the way we are.

  5. bricktop02 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    It’s over Jonny.

    • handsofsweed - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Nothing is over!!!!!!!

      Just kidding, Philly. It’s over. Again.

  6. gamechanger87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Got the concussion during practice? Thought that only happened to broad figureskaters, oh wait…….

  7. bcsteele - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Not a fan of the Pens, Flyers, or Caps…so know that before people start blasting away…

    But with Ovi finally looking sorta like his old self…could the falling out of the Flyers and the surge by the Caps maybe re kindle the Caps/ Pens rivalry?

    Just a thought…again no puns intended…

  8. Stiller43 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Hope be gets better soon. Theyre nasty

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    The poor get poorer, while the rich get richer (Pens adding Morrow and Murray).

    • girouxvy - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Briere is a smurf. He does nothing all season. It’s a damn shame he supposedly has a concussion. Would love to have gotten rid of his sorry ass. His time with the Flyers is finished, one way or another.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        Yeah he’s been unproductive but wouldn’t it help to have your 2nd line center to try and make a run at the playoffs? The Flyers seemed fine without him last night but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a future game where he potentially breaks out and gets off the snide. I agree that Briere is an easy buyout candidate this off-season, with the cap dropping by about $6 million (almost exactly Briere’s cap hit), however I’d like to have all the able bodies we can. Plus this eliminates the teams ability to trade him to a contender. We probably could’ve gotten something for him, but now, if they buy him out, there’s obviously no compensation.

  10. jaybaileys - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Wow hurt himself in practice. What a crazy year for the Flyers.

  11. gamechanger87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    This just in: word on the streets of PGH is that the genious Shero was heard laughing from his Consol office when he read this story

  12. shortsxit34 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Wow, he’s literally invisible? I know he’s short and all…

  13. puckmepuckyou - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    His career playoff numbers are not stellar either. He has been a minus 4 out of 5 years with the Flyers. He is minus 13 this regular season. Not a huge loss at all. Maybe even helps a little having one more skater on the bench in his place.

  14. slammed81 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    His playoff numbers aren’t stellar???? Are u serious puck me no puck me how far gone are u?? Guy had 30 pts in 2010 in the playoffs pt per gm in the playoffs… They don’t grow on trees.. Is he overpaid yes but the guy is clutch in the playoffs

    • handsofsweed - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Yeah, 30 pts in one playoffs is no damn joke. Hope the guy heals up nicely and can continue his career. He’ll probably be gone from the Flyers pretty soon, but hopefully he resurfaces out west and continues playing.

  15. jaredphi - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    The reason this is bad news is because now we cannot trade him and free up his cap space before next season. Yes, I know he has a no-trade clause but we could’ve pressured Danny to waive it. Also, you cannot buy-out an injured player…so if he’s still injured throughout the summer, we cannot use an amnesty buyout on him.

    Yes, I know Danny is a monster in the playoffs…but we won’t make the playoffs this year.

    Better to part with his $6 million plus cap hit….and free up the space…so we can seriously acquire some D this summer…as that is the biggest problem this team is facing – getting better, more solid D.

  16. hockeyfan28 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I have no problem letting this team play rookies and finish out the season the top end talent in this draft
    is unbelievable and if Philly ends up with Jones, Mckinnen, or Drouin I’ll take take them laying an egg
    this year to make a run next year cause let’s face it this has been Murphy’s Law with the Flyers this year

  17. Anthony Maiorana - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Reblogged this on Evening the Score.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Guaranteed that your writing is terrible and no one wants to read it.

      • Anthony Maiorana - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        says the person who has written literally nothing.

      • govtminion - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        In the interests of being fair, Maiorana… neither have you. You’re just reblogging other people’s stuff.

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM


  18. mathieug79 - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Ahhh man, not before their playoff run! :s

  19. Anthony Maiorana - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I HAVE written my own pieces. If you’d take a second to scroll down the page, you would see that anything I do reblog is tagged as such. Why is it such a problem that I reblog something that I find informative? Am I not allowed to reblog something I enjoyed reading? If not, I’d think that the reblog option would be removed. I don’t claim that anyone else’s posts are my own work and, if anything, I’m adding traffic to the original post as anyone who sees it on mine might be interested in what they have to say as well…

    • Anthony Maiorana - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM


  20. broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Hope he gets better soon. He’s having a crappy year but has always been clutch. I think his time in Philly is unfortunately up but theres a lot of teams that would love to have him come playoff time.

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