NHL Injuries: Danny Briere's Concussion Cuts Philadelphia Flyers Down

By Sean O'Brien
Philadelphia Flyers Danny Briere
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Danny Briere suffered a concussion during a recent Philadelphia Flyers‘ practice. His loss doesn’t change the likely outcome of this season, but does affect potential trade options.

“Danny B” has remained a fan favorite this season, despite the fact that he’s not having a great year. Briere started the season late, due to a left wrist injury that he suffered while playing in Germany during the lockout. Since first skating onto North American ice in late January, he’s only been able to post five goals and eight assists in 26 games.

Speed allowed Briere to overcome his small size earlier in his career, but age and injury may have combined to reduce his effectiveness this season. However, he’s been a terrific playoff performer through the years (50 goals and 59 assists in 108 postseason games), which made him an attractive trade option.

The veteran center, who head coach Peter Laviolette has put on a wing for most of this season, has a no-movement clause in his contract. So, any proposed deal that general manager Paul Holmgren may have considered would have also needed Briere’s approval.

Due to the Flyers sub-.500 season, roster changes must be made. Holmgren’s challenge involves altering the trajectory of his team while also being constrained by a descending salary cap ceiling. Briere’s $6.5 million cap hit, which lasts through the 2014-15 season, appeared to be an item that the Flyers might leverage into an asset by the April 3 trade deadline.

If Holmgren still wishes to deal Briere, he needs to hope that the 35-year-old can return to action before the end of this season. If he proves to be healthy, his trade value would be reaffirmed prior to the coming early off-season.

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