Giroux on Briere's return: 'It's weird'
When Danny Briere was still with the Flyers, Sean Couturier used to live with him, and they've kept in touch since. (AP/USA Today Images)
There hasn’t been a whole lot for Flyers fans to cheer this season, but one silver lining -- at least recently -- has been Sean Couturier.
Couturier, upon snapping a 25-game goalless drought that stretched back to last season, has turned a corner offensively. The 21-year-old has four goals, three assists and even a fight in his last seven games.
Flyers fans aren’t the only ones who have noticed.
Danny Briere, the ex-Flyer with whom Couturier used to live, has kept up with his progress, too -- despite Briere’s busy schedule with the Montreal Canadiens.
“I try to keep track, mostly through statistics and after games, seeing how he’s doing,” Briere said Thursday during his return to Philadelphia (see story). “It’s pretty cool. I guess that game last week (Dec. 4 vs. Detroit) where he had four points, sometimes that can be a great boost for your confidence, and hopefully he can take that and start running.”
Briere said he’s made an effort to keep in touch with many of his former teammates, but predictably, he’s talked most with Couturier and Claude Giroux. Both Flyers spent time living with Briere at his home in Haddonfield, N.J.
“Living together for a few years, there’s a special relationship,” Briere said. “Not too much has changed.”
As for Couturier’s fight? The young Flyer took on Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris on Dec. 9. It was the first fight of his career, and he won.
When asked about it, Briere grinned. As an infrequent fighter himself (Briere has joked there aren’t many other NHLers “in his weight class”), he did take on Turris a few years back.
Perhaps that had a bit to do with Couturier’s tussle?
“He was just having my back from a couple years ago,” Briere said, laughing.