Heading into Tuesday, Leino had three goals in his last 19 games, Hartnell had two goals in his last 16 games, and Briere had two goals in his last 15 games.
Because the Flyers recently acquired Kris Versteeg, they do not have enough salary-cap room to sign Leino until after the season. Both sides say they want to get a deal done.
Leino could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Brown star signs
The Flyers signed speedy free-agent forward Harry Zolnierczyk
(pronounced ZOHL-ner-chuk) from Brown University to an entry-level contract that will begin at the start of the 2011-12 season.
Zolnierczyk, 23, completed a four-year career at Brown, where he was named Ivy League player of the year. In 30 games, he had 16 goals and 15 assists.
General manager Paul Holmgren compared him to another former Ivy League player. "He's a lot like Darroll Powe," said Holmgren referring to the Flyers forward from Princeton. "He skates well and he's a hard worker."
Holmgren said he had no concerns about Zolnierczyk's past - he was sentenced in a Canadian court in June 2008 to three years' probation and received a conditional discharge for his role in the production and distribution of a pornographic video involving an underage girl.
Slumping wingers Andreas Nodl
(one goal in his last 27 games) and Nik Zherdev
(one goal in his last 15 games) were healthy scratches, along with defenseman Nick Boynton
. . . . Entering Tuesday, the Flyers needed 10 wins in the final 17 games to reach 50 victories for the first time since 1985-86.
- Sam Carchidi