Danny Briere on Montreal’s win over Flyers: ‘I got them tonight’

Danny Briere on Montreal’s win over Flyers: ‘I got them tonight’

Not the start to the 2013-14 season the Flyers were hoping for. There weren’t many positives to draw on from the club’s 4-1 loss in Montreal on Saturday night. They didn’t get a lot of great scoring chances, not to mention had trouble generating much in the way of a sustained attack at all or even moving the puck cleanly for that matter.

Basically, this was a continuation of the opener last Wednesday. The Bullies have been taking it on the chin ever since their dominant first period in game one against Toronto. Philadelphia is in the hole quickly—already 0-2 on the season—and now faces a long trip down the coast to Carolina for the second half of a back-to-back.

But getting back to the loss to the Canadiens, it was a marquee matchup of sorts with Danny Briere getting his first crack at the franchise that bought out his contract back in June. Briere spent six seasons with the Flyers, authoring numerous clutch performances in Orange & Black, but this time he was on the opposite bench wearing red and blue.

As you might imagine, Danny was pretty pumped up about the victory.

Mr. ‘I got them tonight’ failed to register a shot on goal and won 3-of-10 faceoffs in slightly less than 14 minutes of ice time. In fact, Briere’s biggest contributions to the contest were probably his two minor penalties—not that the Flyers were able to convert on either of them. Briere’s team won the game though, so to victor goes the spoils I suppose.

As for the Flyers, Vincent Lecavalier scored his first goal in Orange & Black, and Ray Emery got the start in net, doing an admirable job in a hostile environment until the game began to unravel in the third period. It wasn’t enough to keep the Flyers from being serenaded off the ice by feisty Montreal fans though, much less get Philly in the win column for the first time this season.

Notes: Jakub Voracek rejoined Claude Giroux on the top line. Earlier, head coach Peter Laviolette explained the decision to mix it up in the opener on Wednesday.

>> Penalties lead to Flyers’ unraveling in loss [CSN]
>> Box Score [Yahoo!]

Report: Bulls continuing trade push for Jahlil Okafor

Report: Bulls continuing trade push for Jahlil Okafor

The Bulls are apparently still after Jahlil Okafor.

Chicago has continued its trade push for the Sixers’ big man, according to a report Wednesday night by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In early February, the Bulls inquired about Okafor, according to a report by CSNChicago.com.

With Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline nearing, the clock is ticking on the Sixers’ possible trade of Okafor, who will get moved” by the mandatory cutoff date, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge on Tuesday.

The Sixers already have one trade nearly completed. They are currently finalizing a deal that will send Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato on Wednesday night (see story).

With Okafor, aside from the Bulls, other teams have reportedly expressed interest in the second-year center, including the Pacers, Blazers and Pelicans (who are expected to be out of the running after landing DeMarcus Cousins).

Okafor is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23 minutes per game this season over 38 contests. Last season, he played 53 games (48 starts) as a rookie and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds.

The 21-year-old has taken all the trade buzz in stride.

“Trade rumors are something that’s going to be part of my life probably for as long as I’m in the NBA," Okafor said on Feb. 4 after the Bulls’ reported interest originally surfaced. "I’ve been hearing it since I’ve been in the NBA about me being traded. I just try to focus on what I can. That’s being here on this team and trying to help this team win.”

Former Eagles personnel exec Tom Gamble leaves 49ers

Former Eagles personnel exec Tom Gamble leaves 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Longtime San Francisco 49ers personnel executive Tom Gamble is leaving the organization after a front-office overhaul this offseason.

General manager John Lynch announced on Wednesday that he and Gamble decided it would be in the best interest for the team and Gamble for him to leave the team.

Lynch was hired as GM to replace Trent Baalke late last month. Lynch then hired former Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew as a senior personnel executive and Adam Peters as vice president of player personnel to be his top personnel executives.

Gamble has 29 years of experience in the NFL, including 10 years with the 49ers. He was assistant general manager for San Francisco this past season.