Concussion takes Danny Briere out of Flyers lineup

Danny Briere kneels on the ice during pre-game warm-ups before the Flyers played the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Danny Briere kneels on the ice during pre-game warm-ups before the Flyers played the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 26, 2013

For Flyers forward Danny Briere, the news keeps getting worse.

The Flyers announced Monday that Briere would be sidelined indefinitely because of a concussion. He was injured during Saturday's practice in Voorhees, crashing into the boards during a drill.

Defenseman Nick Grossmann was injured at Friday's practice and is day to day with an unspecified upper-body injury.

"That's part of hockey, and that happens," said defenseman Kimmo Timonen before the team released the extent of Briere's injury. "That tells you how hard we practiced, actually, that week."

Both players sat out Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss in Pittsburgh.

Briere, 35, who is scoreless in his last 13 games, missed four games earlier this season with a wrist injury. He missed six games with a concussion last season.

There has been conjecture that the Flyers would ask Briere to waive his no-movement clause so they could deal him before the April 3 trade deadline. That now is highly unlikely unless he makes an amazingly quick recovery.

There is a chance the Flyers will use a compliance buyout on Briere after the season. In order to use the new "amnesty" provision, however, a player cannot be injured.

Desperate times. Normally, picking up a road point in Pittsburgh, home of the Eastern Conference leaders and a team that has won 12 straight, would be a positive thing.

But these are not normal times for the Flyers.

They are desperate times for the Orange and Lack.

They lack the points needed to make them one of the conference's eight playoff qualifiers, and they have just 17 games to inch into that group.

So getting only one point - and losing a late lead - in Sunday's 2-1 overtime defeat to the normally explosive Penguins was not greeted with open arms.

But it is something they can build on. Though they didn't have as much attack time as they would have liked, the Flyers did a lot of good things, especially on defense, and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was at the top of his game.

They will try to carry that into a five-game homestand that begins Tuesday night against the New York Rangers, a team that is eighth in the East and five points ahead of the 13th-place Flyers.

"It kind of sits on our shoulders where we take this," coach Peter Laviolette said after a meeting with the players during a non-practice day at their Voorhees facility on Monday.

"This is our week to string some wins together," said Timonen, who will be honored before Tuesday's game for playing in his 1,000th career game recently.

The Flyers' next five games are against the Rangers, Islanders, Boston, Washington and Montreal.

New statue. An iconic moment in Flyers history will be immortalized with the unveiling of a seven-foot bronze statue commemorating the team's Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.

The 400-pound statue features captain Bob Clarke and goalie Bernie Parent hoisting the Cup.

It will be unveiled during a free, open-to-the-public ceremony at XFINITY Live! on Saturday at 11 a.m. before the team's 1 p.m. game against visiting Boston, the franchise the Flyers defeated to win their first Cup.

McGinn is back. The Flyers recalled left winger Tye McGinn from Adirondack of the AHL, and he will be available for the game against the Rangers.


Contact Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @BroadStBull.

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