Monday, March 25, 2013

Briere's season gets worse, out with concussion

March 25, 2013

Danny Briere's season just seems to keep getting worse.

The 35-year old forward has just five goals and eight assists on the season, and hasn't registered a point since March 2. You have to go back even further to February 18 for the last time he scored.

Now Briere is out indefinitely with a concussion, general manager Paul Holmgren announced.

Briere suffered the concussion during practice on Saturday when he crashed hard into the boards, according to's Tim Panaccio.

The Flyers have  struggled with consistency all season, making the thought of them being a playoff team an uncertain one.

Briere has been the subject of trade rumors as a result of this, with the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues being two of the teams reportedly interested.

It makes sense that the Flyers would at least see if they can move Briere. His $6.5 million cap hit is the highest on the team and he has two more years left on his contract after his season.

Briere is known for his production in the playoffs (109 points in 108 postseason games), but won't do much good if the Flyers miss them.  He could, however, help out another team.

What made these trade rumors tricky is that Briere has a no-movement clause and has already said that he wants to stay in Philadelphia.

But now that Briere is injured, any trade rumors that involve him can be put to rest. He will remain a Flyer for the rest of the season as the April 3 trade deadline passes by.

The injury just adds to what has already been a bad season for Briere, but him getting to stay in Philadelphia is good, at least for him.

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