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Daniel Briere Is Learning The Other Side Of The Game From Paul Holmgren

from Tim Riday of CSNPhilly,

Now that his playing days are over, the 38-year-old has plenty of extra time on his hands. It wasn’t long before an opportunity to rejoin the Flyers came knocking, however.

Flyers president Paul Holmgren reached out to Briere a few months ago to see if he'd be interested in learning a few things about the business side of the operation.

"He just asked me if it was something that would interest me, to kind of follow him and learn from him a little bit of what he’s doing, what his job entails. He told me it’s a little more on the business side but it might be a good thing for you," Briere said of his discussion with Holmgren.

"He ran the idea by Mr. Snider and [chief operating officer] Shawn Tilger, and they were OK with it. Really, Shawn has been amazing as well, giving me the chance and opening all those doors for me to learn more and more."

Just like that, Briere traded his gear for a suit.

Holmgren has taken him under his wing, perhaps paving the way for Briere to one day join the team’s front office.


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Daniel Briere Announces His Retirement

from Danile Briere at LeDroit (translated),

It's really not a decision that is taken lightly. I thought about it for several weeks. In fact, the idea began to germinate in my mind last winter, when I was in Colorado. I was away from my children, who remained in Philadelphia. It really was not an easy situation for me.

This summer, I spent more time with them, the less I saw myself leaving the house again and leave the machine for another season.

If I took my time before making my decision is that I wanted to make sure I do not deceive me.

I was well aware of the situation in which I found myself. With the season that we experienced last year, with my ice time has been limited in training who missed the series ... I realize that it was not easy for me to me find another job in the NHL.

It did not affect my decision.

I am terminating my playing career to get more involved in the lives of my three boys. They arrive at a crucial age when they need a father at home.

read on (translated)

added 9:39am, The Philadelphia Flyers with a release below...

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The All-Free-Agent-Leftover team

From mid-August onward, the free agents remaining on the market tend to start signing either short-term deals or agree to pro try-outs--and with the NHL's teams "capped out" in large part due to the almost-flat salary cap, and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline notes that there are still some solid free agents out there:

-- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will attend camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a professional tryout offer. That's the best the 41-year-old could do. You wonder if other established NHL players might go the similar route. It's a bit of a gamble -- take the low-ball offers on the table now, or go to somebody camp without a contract, wait for the inevitable injuries to crop up around the league, and sign a deal that's right. Among the NHL players still out there: forwards Daniel Briere, Curtis Glencross, Stephen Weiss, Martin Erat, Martin Havlat, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Cleary, Olli Jokinen, Tomas Fleishmann, Erik Cole, Michael Ryder, B.J. Crombeen, Jiri Tlusty, Sean Bergenheim, Tyler Kennedy, Marcel Goc and Scottie Upshall, and defenseman Cody Franson, Jan Hejda, Andrej Meszaros, Marek Zidlicky, Bryan Allen, Eric Brewer, Michal Roszival, John Erskine, Keith Ballard, Tim Gleason and David Schlemko.

-- What would you think of this club?

F1: Curtis Glencross – Steppen Weiss - Daniel Briere

F2: Martin Havlat – Olli Jokinen – Michael Ryder

F3: Martin Erat – Tomas Fleischmann – Brenden Morrow

F4: Erik Cole – Marcel Goc - B.J. Crombeen

extras: Tyler Kennedy, Jiri Tlusty

D1: Christian Ehrhoff – Andrej Meszaros

D2: Jan Hejda – Cody Franson

D3: Tim Gleason – Marek Zidlicky

extra: John Erskine

G1: Josh Harding

G2: Jonas Gustavsson

G3: Ray Emery

OK, you've got some goaltending issues. And, yes, this group would look a lot better, say, in 2008-09 than it does now. But that, friends, is the the current all-UFA team. How many games does that team win?

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Daniel Briere’s Better Half

via Sportsnet,

If you think being a professional hockey player is hard, then you should learn about what Avalanche forward Danny Briere’s girlfriend does. Capt. Misha Harrell is a flight surgeon in the US Air Force and she has seen real battlefield action.

Christine Simpson with the feature...


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Garrioch talks Habs, Briere on the move, Petry and Flyers’ possible blueline sale

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has made a helluva case for Antoine Vermette as the league's most useful player available at the trade deadline (in no small part because the Arizona Coyotes forward used to be a Senator), and Vermette's far from chopped liver, but these parts of his Sunday rumor column are more interesting than Vermette talk or discussion of Team Canada WJC coach Benoit Groulx's future:

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has been working the phones to try to get help up front. Yes, the Habs have had a great first half, but they'd still like to get a little more size among their forwards for a long playoff run. They waived blue-liner Bryan Allen and his $3.5-million contract. He was sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Hamilton and the Habs are hopeful someone will deal for him ... If a team is looking for experience, a possible option is Colorado C Daniel Briere. A UFA with a $4-million cap hit, he's being used in a fourth-line role by the Avs. Briere, 36, could be a nice fit for a team in the East and the Avs wouldn't want much more than a draft pick in return. The Islanders could use a guy like Briere. They have little experience ... A possible fit for the Wings: Oilers' D Jeff Petry. Detroit GM Ken Holland was on Edmonton radio last week and indicated he needs a right shot. Petry is a UFA and a Michigan native.

Ryan Kesler's also from Michigan, and the Wings were supposedly in trade talks for him, too, but that didn't happen. A player's Michigan ties haven't fared into the Wings,' "We want to trade for guy over the other one" decision-making process since the Jimmy Carson trade.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is getting antsy to make deals. Philly has virtually no shot at making the playoffs, coach Craig Berube is on the hot-seat and Hextall wouldn't mind clearing out cash. While the Flyers would like to move blue-liners Nick Schultz, Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Del Zotto, the guy teams really covet is Braydon Coburn. With a $4.5-million cap hit through 2016-17, Coburn is highly regarded and could bring a good return. There's also interest in centre Brayden Schenn, who has a cap hit of $2.75 million through next season.

Garrioch continues...

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Video- Daniel Briere Wtih Goal #300

It happened to be the game winner with less than a half of second left on the clock.


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Daniel Briere Traded By Montreal To Colorado For P.A. Parenteau

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Canadiens attempt to aid better player-name pronunciation

The NHL's definitely a linguistically diverse league, and IIHF.com's Szymon Szemberg noted that the New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein penned an article about the Montreal Canadiens' attempts to properly spell their players' names on the backs of their jerseys, diacritical marks included:

The Montreal Canadiens’ decision this season to include the accents in players’ names on their uniforms was not born of cultural politics. It arose simply out of one man’s desire to be accurate.

“I like to write things the right way,” said Pierre Gervais, the longtime equipment manager in charge of putting name bars on the Canadiens’ uniforms.

General Manager Marc Bergevin signed off on the idea, and voilà, linguistic sports history was made. Montreal is the first N.H.L. club to have a policy of rendering players’ names accurately on their uniforms.

The grave accent in Daniel Brière’s surname is still the only diacritical mark on a Canadiens name bar, and he is out with a concussion sustained Oct. 19. Another player whose name includes a diacritical mark is Joonas Nättinen of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens’ affiliate in the American Hockey League. (Jérémy Grégoire, who is in a junior league, was with the Canadiens in the preseason.)

“If Nättinen gets called up, I’ll put the double-dot over the A,” Gervais said. “I’ll try to do the right spelling, which should be done.”

Continued, and as a Wings fan who tried to explain why Dominik Hasek's name was pronounced with a "sh" because there's a "hacek" over the s, I think this is a great idea.

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Finally A Canadien

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

He turns 36 on Sunday but by the looks of him these days, it's as if Daniel Briere has turned back the clock.

Call it motivation. Call it being healthy. Call it being re-energized by a fresh start. But the formerPhiladelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres forward was Zen on Monday as he sat in his practice facility stall on the eve of the NHL season opener and discussed an exciting new chapter in his career.

The day is finally here. The native of Gatineau, Quebec, will slip on hockey's most famous uniform, one which he wore as a child pretending to be Mats Naslund or Mario Tremblay.

"It's the date that I've focused on ever since I signed, Oct. 1 -- my first game as a Hab," Briere told ESPN.com with a smile. "I think waking up tomorrow I'll probably have a little extra jump in my step."

He's hungry to prove he's still got lots of high-end hockey left in him. He put up only 16 points (6-10) in 34 games last season in Philadelphia, his NHL season delayed by a broken wrist he suffered in his last game in Berlin, Germany, just before the lockout ended.

"I was behind the eight ball after that," Briere said. "You're playing catch-up hockey. And then I got hit with a concussion late in the year. It was just one of those years that you chalk up as a bad year, an off year, and I've got lots to prove this year."


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Briere Signing With Montreal

added 5:20pm,

As reported earlier by The Upper Canadien, the deal is for $8M total.

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Briere Talking To About 8 Teams, Including The Sabres

via John Vogle of Sabres Edge,

There's about a 1 in 8 chance those Daniel Briere jerseys stuffed in the closets of Sabres fans will come back in style.

The free agent center, who was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, tells The Buffalo News he's had contract chats with Buffalo.

"We are talking to about eight teams," Briere said in a text. "Sabres one of them."

The 35-year-old had six goals and 16 points in 34 games last season. He was set to have a salary cap hit of $6.5 million for the next two seasons, but the Flyers used a compliance buyout and made him a free agent.

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Afternoon Line

“I can’t control if they decide to buy me out. I believe in this team. This is where I want to be. With my kids being here, obviously it would be tough to have to go somewhere else. I want to be here and I’m going to try everything in my power to stay here.”

- Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers on the possibility he may become an amnesty buyout this summer.  More from Fran Seravalli of Frequent Flyers.

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Briere Out With A Concussion

from the Philadelphia Flyers website,

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that forward Danny Briere is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Briere missed last night's game at Pittsburgh, his first missed game, since being out a four-game span at the start of the season.

The injury occured during one of the team's practices within their five-day break between games from Mar. 19-23.

more on the Flyers...

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Morning Line

"Honestly, I didn't even know who he was.  It's funny how a guy like that who played about three years in the league thinks he came come in and make comments like that.

"I might have played once against him in Winnipeg. Maybe we have our history in PlayStation. That's probably where he remembers me from. That's about the only place I played against him."

-Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers on Tanner Glass of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Glass had mentioned Briere has some 'dirty play' in his game.  More from Randy Miller of the CourierPost.

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Vide- Briere’s Questionable Goal

At the end of two, the Pens are up 3-1 and the Flyers only go was scored by Briere, but you may want to look at the reply.

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Flyers Upset With Vlasic Hit On Briere

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Marc-Edouard Vlasic is not the heir to the Vlasic pickle throne.

Yet, Vlasic nearly canned Flyers forward Danny Briere - to be put on the shelf - with a dirty hit that required Briere to be helped off the ice by a trainer with 4:52 left in the third period on Tuesday night at the Shark Tank.

The lack of a penalty call on the hit, in the waning moments, likely played a role in the outcome. In fact, there were just 6 total penalty minutes doled out by referees Marc Joannette and Mike Leggo, the lowest combined amount of any Flyers game this season.

Today, it’s hard to see how Vlasic will avoid hearing from Brendan Shanahan for supplementary discipline. As is league policy, the hit will be reviewed today by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

continued and watch the hit below…

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Briere Concussed, Jagr Aggravates Groin

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

For the Flyers, the all-star break cannot come fast enough.

Center Danny Briere suffered a concussion in the Flyers’ 4-1 win in New Jersey Saturday and is out indefinitely.

Late in the first period, Briere was flattened by Anton Volchenkov. Briere did not know if that was when he was injured; he was also hit by Patrik Elias in the third period.

Briere is the sixth Flyer to have a concussion this season, following Chris Pronger, Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk.

Veteran right winger Jaromir Jagr re-aggravated a groin injury in the firt period and did not return to the game.


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The First And Last Look At The Briere Shootout Goal From Thursday

I didn’t bring this up last night or this morning because I felt it was a good goal, but I noticed quite a bit of chatter about it today.

Senior VP of Hockey Operations explains in detail why it was a goal and this may answer any questions you had about it or it may prevent any controversy in the future.

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Flyers Took Charge

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

In the final installment of Danny’s Diary, Flyers center Danny Briere takes you through the congratulatory handshake line following the Flyers’ seven-game, first-round playoff victory against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres:

It was a huge relief to get by Buffalo, no doubt about it. These guys played us hard and made it really tough on us. We said at the beginning that Ryan Miller might steal a couple games, which he did. It was a little close for comfort for my liking, anyway, so last night was a huge relief to get it done.

I really enjoyed how, once again with everything on the line the last two games, we really stepped it up the last five periods. We really took charge there. As much as they tried, they couldn’t really keep up with us. They gave it all they had, which was impressive. But it was nice to see on our side the desperation we played with in the last couple of games.


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Morning Line

Last night we felt the five-minute penalty on Mike Richards was personal more than anything and there was a lot of frustration from that. Mike wasn’t happy about the (roughing) call on (Dan) Carcillo when both Miller and (Mike) Weber were mugging him and Weber didn’t get anything. We were all furious about that call and then he turned around and gave Mike the five minutes. For the most part since I’ve been here the refs have been very good at knowing the difference between the playoffs and the regular season, but I thought last night the line was crossed by one of them.

-Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More from Briere at Flyer Files.

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Two Fights at a Time?

Nope, not allowed, and Scott Hartnell stops (at around 35 secs into the video clip below) to take note of what’s going on over on the other side of the circle (Patrick Kaleta and Daniel Briere)  to make sure they all don’t run their team into trouble before getting into the dance with Paul Gaustad in today’s Philly/Buffalo tilt. 

Update 8:20pm ET

David Singer at HockeyFights.com points out to me that my headline might be a bit misleading… I should clarify that the rule is really that you CAN have two fights at the same time, if they start at the EXACT same time.  You just can’t have a second (or third, etc) fight start after the first one is going.  If that were to happen, then the guys in the subsequent fights would be running afoul of the rule and find themselves tossed.

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Briere Talks About Play Which Resulted In Him Being Fined

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Following Monday’s practice he denied taking a swing at Prust, saying if anyone should face disciplinary action it should be the Rangers forward.

“There’s no doubt that was a blindside hit,” Briere said. “Kimmo never saw him coming. Other than him wanting to injure Kimmo, there’s no need for him to hit him. The puck is gone and you can’t change anything on the play other than to hurt Kimmo. Obviously, the only thing going through his mind is, ‘I can hurt him because he doesn’t see me coming.’”

Briere said that with time running out, there was little the Flyers could do to Prust.

“There were a few guys yelling at him, but what are we gonna do?” Briere said. “We can’t jump on the ice because then it’s an I don’t know how many games suspension.”


In case you missed the incident, watch it in an earlier KK post...

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Pending Sabres Sale Doesn’t Mean No Deals

There is a misguided notion among some Sabres fans hungry for change that the timing of the impending sale to triple-billionaire Terry Pegula will potentially put a freeze on some much needed player transactions as the February 28th trade deadline approaches.  If history is an indicator, don’t fret.

Assuming Buffalo is still out of the playoff picture in five weeks, GM Darcy Regier will best serve the organization by putting on his seller’s cap and stockpiling some draft picks and prospects in what’s starting to look a lot like his final trade deadline at the helm of this team.

Regier has been in this position before, in 2003 to be exact, when Tom Golisano was in the process of saving the franchise.  But while the wheels were turning behind the scenes as a transfer of ownership was slowly being completed, Regier wasn’t exactly sitting around contemplating his job status.

He cut ties with veteran forward Vaclav Varada.  He parted ways with fan favorite Rob Ray.  He moved Stu Barnes to tears when he dealt his captain to Dallas.  And in the most brilliant execution of stratagem imaginable, he somehow convinced then-GM Mike Barnett of Phoenix that the Coyotes would be a better team with Chris Gratton than with Daniel Briere.

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Evening Line

“...Honestly, I’m shocked. I honestly didn’t think I would get more than, after everything else, all of the suspensions that have been handed out the last couple of years and this year, honestly, I didn’t think I was going to get a game. Then I thought, ok yes I am a repeat offender, they’ll probably give me a game because of it. I’m shocked that it was more than a game.”

-Daniel Briere discussing his three game suspension.  Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delco Times posted the transcript of Briere speaking with the media, so read more.

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Briere Suspended Three Games

via Philadelphia Flyers tweet,

GM Paul Holmgren confirms that Danny Briere has received a 3 game suspension from the NHL

Miss the cross-check?  Watch it here.

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All Daniel Briere

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Q: You set a Flyers franchise record for playoff scoring in a single season last year. Did you expect to be that effective in the playoffs?

DB: “No, not at all. Things got rolling. The first playoff series against New Jersey was tough to get going. I don’t think me and Jeff Carter had a single point in the first three games of that series. Then we got hit by some injuries and we needed some guys to step up. I was asked to play a bigger role and was given more responsibilities. My confidence grew with these added responsibilities. I felt good and all of a sudden Peter (Laviolette) ended up putting me, Scott Hartnell, who had somewhat of a tough year like I did, and Ville Leino, who barely played up to that point, together. There probably wasn’t much expected from our line but for some reason chemistry set in right away and things got rolling. It was amazing. It is one of the best feelings in the world when every shift you are going out there you have the feeling you are going to make something happen and you have the chance to score. I know I had a blast playing with those two guys in the playoffs. I am praying that the chemistry stays right off the get-go at the start of next season.”


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Briere & Son OK After Car Accident

from WBNG,

A 2010 Land Rover driven by 32 year old Daniel Briere of Haddonfield, New Jersey was traveling in the passing lane next to a tractor trailer.

Troopers say Briere was drowsy, and drifted into the right lane, side-swiping the tractor trailer.

The truck then swerved, jack-knifed, and rolled.

It came to a stop across both lanes of 81 North.

Briere’s Land Rover hit a guiderail and came to a stop.

Police say the truck driver, Briere, and his 9 year old son all had minor injuries.

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Briere Gives Back

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Press Release:

Danny Briere has one of the biggest games of his life tonight. Preparation includes strict concentration and countless practice hours. But in addition to all the hype and excitement felt by this popular NHL star, Briere couldn’t help but of think of children in need.

“I’ve been extremely lucky,” began Briere, “I am doing what I love to do, and playing in a series every hockey player dreams of. I wanted to share this moment, not only with my friends and family, but with a few kids that are in a need of a reason to smile!”

So, with that in mind, Briere arranged for three children who are being treated for cancer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to attend Game 6 tonight in a luxury suite. The children, ages 2, 11 and 17, will be joined by their families and Danny Briere’s parents.


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Briere Is The Flyers MVP

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Briere, now a bona fide Conn Smythe Trophy candidate as playoff MVP, had the first goal of the game and an assist on the winning goal in overtime by Claude Giroux. That score was created by the fact Briere was alert enough to recognize an awful Chicago line change had basically created a 5-on-3 advantage for the home team.

Briere was also in the Blackhawks crease causing headaches for netminder Antti Niemi on Philly’s second goal, one that wasn’t officially called a goal until replay review confirmed it. On a night when baseball was again given reason to believe it needs to consider expanding its video review system, hockey’s came through with flying colours.

For Briere, it’s a noteworthy turnaround when you consider he was a frustrated centre forced to play right wing all season and began the playoffs by getting only 12:18 of playing time in the post-season opener.

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Morning Line

We were really quiet on the bus. After you lose a game like that nobody’s too excited. We had a team dinner at the hotel. You just kind of want to get away and it’s tough to enjoy being in the Finals. I think everybody went into their rooms and weren’t feeling too good about the way things went. I know I went back to my room and just sat there with long thoughts. It was just a long night. You replay the game in your mind and you replay all your chances against and chances for, every little situation. When you win you can get over the bad plays a lot easier than when you lose. I was up until about 3 o’clock.

-Danny Briere of the Flyers who is writing a diary at Flyer Files.

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Special Goal By Briere

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Ninety-nine percent of the time, a player in Briere’s spot would dump the puck into the Boston zone or, at most, skate it in and pull up to wait for friendlies to join him. But Briere suddenly sped up, skated between the Bruins, fired a backhand shot and then flipped his own rebound past Tuukka Rask for the goal that sent the game into overtime.

So if Briere is capable of such artistry, why doesn’t he do it more often? The answer is complex and sheds light on the psychology of players rising to the occasion in big games.

And Briere does that. He has a long history of playoff success, even if he sometimes seems to get lost for stretches during the regular season.

“He certainly has a special set of skills,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “He’s a gifted player, and those players have every opportunity to make a difference.”

read on and watch the goal below…

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Flyers Hope Briere Can Spark Offense

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Briere has missed the last three games - two because of an NHL-mandated suspension and one because of the flu. He was back at practice yesterday and will return to the lineup Thursday against visiting Vancouver.

His return is welcomed. Without him, the Flyers had a total of four goals in the three games. Briere is second on the team with 10 goals, even though he has played in only 17 of the 24 contests.

“You don’t change a team with one guy, but I hope I can help out in that department. That’s my game, the offensive side,” said Briere, who will try to ignite a power play that has failed in its last nine chances.

“Goals have been tougher to come lately, but there’s always stretches like that in a season,” he said. “You have to try to go back to the basics.

“We put a lot of pucks on net in Atlanta, but maybe [we should be] trying to get around the goalie a little more, trying to screen a little more - get our noses dirty in that area to find loose pucks instead of giving the goalie a chance to see everything.”

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Did Briere Get Suspended Because He Is A Flyer?

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

A day later, Briere gets suspended two games for driving Hannan into the back boards. Yeah, like Briere drives people with the kind of authority of Chris Pronger.

Briere’s hit was nowhere near as vicious as Jarret Stoll driving Dan Carcillo in the back of the neck, sending him into the boards with whiplash effect in Los Angeles last week.

Did we mention no penalty on that play, either? Of course, Carcillo wears a Flyers jersey. That says it all.

So, now we have Washington’s Alex Ovechkin finally getting tossed from a game for a dangerous hit to Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta, who isn’t much of a saint, himself.

A world-class player Ovie may be, the Capitals’ winger often leaves his feet to bury people and gets away with it. Why? Because he’s Ovie. He didn’t leave his feet this time, but he leaned hard coming across ice to nail Kaleta on the boarding call.

read on and more hockey talk, many which have been brought up on KK in the last week…

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Briere Suspended Two Games

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Briere suspended for 2 games for his hit last night on Scott Hannan.

added 5:57pm, video of the hit…

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Briere Leaves Practice With Injury

via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Danny Briere left practice early Friday because of what Flyers coach John Stevens called “a lower-body injury.”

  Since Briere missed most of last season with groin and abdominal injuries, alarms are going off in Flyerdom right now.

  The Flyers recalled David Laliberte from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms.

  Simon Gagne is already sidelined with a double-hernia, and Briere is doubtful for for Saturday against Carolina.

  GM Paul Holmgren reported that two of Gagne’s doctors have given conflicting solutions to repairing his hernias. The Flyers, Gagne and the doctors are trying to resolve those issues.

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Wisniewski Not Happy With Briere’s Check

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Wisniewski said he got injured midway through the third period when Flyers forward Daniel Briere checked him while he was on the ice as the two went after a loose puck in the defensive zone.

Days later, the hit still leaves the defender miffed at Briere.

“He decided to finish his check while I’m lying on the ice,” Wisniewski said.  “Well, my arms were laying straight out. Actually, he even went a little bit lower to get a little more piece of me, which to me is kind of a dirty hit.

“I mean, there’s no need to do that when a guy is in a vulnerable spot to go ahead and finish your check. But that happened. Stuff happens. My shoulder just kind of got crunched against the boards and that was it.”


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Briere Flying Around The Ice

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers coach John Stevens is experimenting with a forward line combination of Briere and van Riemsdyk on either side of sophomore center Claude Giroux. And while Jeff Carter stole the show Tuesday with two goals in the morning scrimmage, Briere’s explosiveness spoke volumes about how far he has come since missing 53 games with groin strains last season.

“To me he looks a lot better,” Stevens said. “He looks more confident—he looks quicker—he looks like he can get to loose pucks and pop in holes. I think his summer training is going to do a world of good for him because he needs to have his quickness to be the player we all know he can be.”


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A Big Year For Briere

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Too much money, too little return. He was untradable, an anvil around a team unable to improve because of salary-cap restraints.

His heart was questioned. His guts, too. His head.

“People will never say it to your face,” Briere was saying the other day. “I’m aware. I think I’m a realist. I’m aware of the contract and what that means in terms of last year. I think a lot of people maybe don’t quite understand the difference between being injured and not living up to the contract.

“But I’m not really worried about it because I’m confident that last year is behind me and I can now focus on being the player I’m supposed to be in Philadelphia. It’s not really important what happened in the past. It’s what you do in the moment. That’s how hockey and sports operates. It’s what can you do for me now.”

“Now” is a month away.


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Afternoon Line

“It was a very testing year [last year]. Obviously, it didn’t go the way I expected it to go, but it’s in the past now. You try to learn from that. I’m actually very, very excited about our team going into this season. That’s what has been pushing me to work out even harder now.

“I’m starting to feel strong again. I’m trying to find that explosion that I used to have two years ago. Health-wise I feel great, and I’m ready for a big year.”

-Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on Briere from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

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Anyone Interested In Briere?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens are not interested in acquiring centre Daniel Brière and it has nothing to do with the fact he snubbed the team two years ago when he was an unrestricted free agent.

Brière has a no-movement clause in the eight-year, $52-million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007, but the franchise has hopes of creating some cap space.

The folks in Philly have talked to the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings, but neither team was interested. There also is a report that they have talked to the Phoenix Coyotes, although you have to wonder whether anyone has the authority to talk on behalf of the team that may or may not be bankrupt and/or on the way to Hamilton.

Montreal passed on Brière because, despite their previous interest, the last thing they need is a small centre with a cap hit of $6.5 million for each of the next six seasons.


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Flyers Lose Briere Again

via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

...in the Flyers’ ugly 5-1 loss to impressive Calgary, Briere left the game late in the second period and did not return. He suffered another groin injury and he will be sidelined for the fourth time this season.

  And, based on general manager Paul Holmgren’s body language and somber responses after the game, it wouldn’t be surprising if Briere was shut down for the rest of the regular season _ and perhaps the playoffs.

  Holmgren said Briere will be evaluated Friday.

added 12:07pm, from the CP via TSN,

Danny Briere’s groin injury is not as bad as first feared, and the Philadelphia Flyers centre hopes to play next week.

Briere was examined Friday morning, and his surgeon told him the adhesions broke from his last groin surgery and there was some internal bleeding. Briere said his surgeon told him that was common and Briere could possibly play Tuesday against Buffalo.

Briere had a light workout Friday and hoped to skate on Saturday. He did not expect to play in Saturday’s game against Nashville.

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Time To Move Briere?

from Rob Parent of the Delco Times,

Real hockey men are paid to feel, play, manage and coach as if all 82 games are vital. But what would the Flyers’ front office men say to the thought of trading Danny Briere?

If timing is everything, they’d rightfully say the time is all wrong to think about taking Briere and his huge contract and asking him if he’d mind them waving it across such trade routes as phone lines, e-mail addresses and bars during the general managers meetings.

Briere is a youthful 31 who has had a belly tear for much of the season. He might be over it soon, which would be welcome news for a Flyers team that has been suffering from viral strains of up and chuck lately. Once free of such bugs, this will be a team that shapes up well for the stretch drive, even as it continues to develop into what at some point will be a bit of a financial headache for upper management.


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Briere Out At Least 4 Weeks

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that center Danny Briere underwent a successful surgical procedure on his groin/stomach area, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.

“Danny had successful surgery this morning to repair a nerve entrapment,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “His recovery time will be a minimum of four weeks.”

The procedure was performed today by Dr. William Meyers at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Flyers May Have To Shut Down Briere

via Wayne Fish of PhillyBurbs,

More and more, it looks like this is going to be a lost year for Flyers center   Daniel Briere.

  Briere, who will undergo his second abdominal surgery of the season today in Philadelphia, has played in only nine games this year.

  He\s attempted two comebacks already and both have failed. The current one was a gallant attempt but ultimately, he simply has a chronic problem which probably requires long-term rest.

  The official prognosis indicated Briere might only miss two weeks of action. But that seems somewhat unrealistic, given the history of this problem. Even the worst-case scenario—six weeks on the sidelines—might not be reasonable.

  At some point, the Flyers might have to consider shutting down Briere for the season. They have too much money, $52 million over six years, invested in this player. If the problem becomes too chronic, he might never be right.

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Setback For Briere

from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Danny Briere is headed back to the doctor after barely practicing at the pregame skate this morning. He will not play tonight against Atlanta.

In what coach John Stevens did not hesitate to call a setback, Briere was not re-activated and was on his way for another re-evaluation because his groin and his abdomen are sore again.

“Clearly, it’s a setback” Stevens said. “If you can add a player of his calibre you want to do that, but at the same time, if he’s not healthy, he’s not healthy and we have to get ready to play a game with the guys that are healthy.

“He’s going to get re-evaluated again and see where it goes from there, but clearly he’s sore where we hoped that he wouldn’t be and he’s not ready to go.”


update 5:27pm, from TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Wednesday that Daniel Briere will undergo an exploratory surgical procedure on his groin area, and will miss at least two weeks of action.


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Briere On Rehab Assignment

via Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers announced this morning that they are sending Danny Briere to the Phantoms for a two-game conditioning assignment.

It’s an unusual move for a top player, but general manager Paul Holmgren said it was necessary to make sure that Briere is ready to return to the lineup. It also likely a move to avoid having to add his salary to the team’s cap total before being sure he can play and prevents Holmgren from having to make roster moves to fit him in….

“We are doing this just to make sure everything is okay with Danny,” Holmgren said. “This will give him the opportunity to play in some games prior to re-joining the Flyers. He will play two games with the Phantoms on Wednesday and Friday. He was absolutely receptive to this.”

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Flyers Need To Make Room For Briere

from Anthony SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,

Danny Briere is close to returning for the Flyers. For the benefit of the team, that’s a positive. For the makeup of the team, it might be a negative.

That sounds confusing, and in the world of the NHL salary cap there’s plenty of confusion.

Briere is a top-tier talent and undoubtedly will add a dynamic dimension to the Flyers by returning, which could come as soon as Saturday against Toronto. Adding a top-line center who racks up points in bunches will give the Flyers one of the best trios in the league in Briere, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

Then there’s the salary cap. Briere counts for $6.5 million against it. Since he’s on the long-term injured list, his salary doesn’t count until he returns — and the Flyers don’t have enough room under the cap to fit that salary.


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Briere Disappointed With Latest Injury

from Pierre LeBrun at his ESPN Blog,

“[Wednesday] was a tough day,” Briere told ESPN.com Thursday.

An MRI revealed a significant groin strain, knocking the Philadelphia Flyers forward out of the lineup until the new year.

“We found out exactly what the problem was and we found out I’ll be out another 4-5 weeks,” Briere said. “It’s very frustrating. It feels like I’m letting the fans down, my teammates, the coaches, the whole organization.

“But I can’t control it. It is what it is. I have to move on. I did my pouting [Wednesday] and now it’s time to get back to work. I need to rehab and get ready to come back in 4-5 weeks and be at the top of my game.”

more and some Ducks talk too…

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Briere Out 4-5 Weeks

via On The Fly at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers center Danny Briere will be sidelined for the next four-to-five weeks with a groin strain, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Briere left last night’s 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay after the second period. Prior to that game, he had missed the 14 of the previous 16 games with various injuries.

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Briere Close To Return

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

But if you don’t see Briere in the lineup today for the Flyers’ 1 p.m. matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s because Flyers coach John Stevens wants to be absolutely certain his star center is completely healed from the left groin strain that has sidelined him for seven games.

“Danny’s feeling better, but I’d say he is doubtful for (today),” Stevens said Thursday after putting his team through a brief on-ice workout. “We need to be careful here. He thinks he can play, but we don’t want him to feel any hesitation.”

With a game Saturday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, Stevens sounded hesitant to pencil Briere into today’s lineup.

“There’s the concern of a little fatigue, and we don’t want to make him susceptible to reinjury,” Stevens said. “These athletes are real competitive, and sometimes it’s our job to hold them back for their own good.”

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