Briere fills in on top line, still not ready to return

Briere fills in on top line, still not ready to return

January 23, 2013, 2:00 pm
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VOORHEES, N.J. -- Danny Briere may have filled in for Scott Hartnell on the top line at Wednesday’s Skate Zone practice, but don’t look for him in the Flyers' lineup anytime soon.
 
In fact, it sounds as though Briere might not play until next Tuesday in New York against the Rangers.
 
He won’t play Thursday at home against the Rangers and maybe not even this weekend when the Flyers play at Florida and Tampa Bay.
 
Coach Peter Laviolette needed his body today because Hartnell has a bruised left foot, suffered on a hit by a Kimmo Timonen shot at 6:53 of the third period during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss in New Jersey.
 
Briere was the left wing on the line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek today.
 
“It’s tough to watch when you are feeling helpless and want to get back on the ice,” Briere said of still being sidelined recovering from a hairline fracture of the left wrist.
 
“It’s disappointing and frustrating but I’m not too far away.”
 
He is still aiming for the weekend but he has yet to take physical contact.
 
“I need to see how that goes first,” he said.
 
Briere says he is getting better at shooting, including on the backhand, and taking faceoffs. The next process, he said, is battling with contact.
 
“You want see how it is when you battle, like the jerky motion,” he said. “It’s a process. You try to push it a little more. I can’t wait till it’s the last step and I can get in there."
 
There was no contact in Wednesday’s drills. There will be no morning skate on Thursday, either.