If the Boston Bruins really wanted to make a move for Danny Briere at the trade deadline and bolster their chances to win the Stanley Cup, that deal is likely gone now.
The Flyers announced on Monday that their lithe forward, who hasn’t scored a goal in 13 games, will be out indefinitely with a concussion.
Incredibly, Briere and Nick Grossmann (upper body) were both injured during the practice sessions the Flyers held during their five-day hiatus before meeting Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Grossmann was injured in Friday’s practice.
Briere told CSNPhilly.com on Sunday that he crashed hard into the boards during Saturday’s practice. He never flew to Pittsburgh. Today, he said, "I'm not feeling great today, either."
“That’s part of hockey, that happens,” Kimmo Timonen said before the announcement came. “That tells you how hard we practiced. Sometimes you need to practice hard and get some practice time. You never want to lose two players because of practice, but it’s part of the game and I’ve seen that happen. It tells you how hard we practiced that week. … You never want to lose two players because of practice, but I’ve seen that happen.”
The Bruins were one of the few NHL Cup contenders who had ample money under the salary cap to afford Briere, who would have had to waive his no-movement clause, anyway.
Briere told CSN he wasn’t going to waive his no-trade, but sources close to him suggested he would only if he meant going to a Cup contender in the East.
Briere is one the best playoff performers in the NHL and has been among the league scoring leaders two of the past three seasons, and even led the NHL in 2010 with 30 points.
His value is easy to comprehend come the playoffs: 52 points over 45 games over the last three seasons. Within the Flyers, he either led the team or was tied in goal scoring in their past three playoffs.
This is Briere’s second injury this season. He missed the first, four games of the shortened season with a chip fracture in his left wrist. That injury occurred while playing in Germany during the lockout.
This is also his second concussion in two seasons. Briere missed six games last January after being hit by Devils’ defenseman Anton Volchenkov in a game in New Jersey.
The trade deadline is next Wednesday – April 3.
“I guess it’s just the way things have gone this year,” Simon Gagne said. “It’s not getting easier. You’re almost not surprised to see stuff like this happen.’
On Monday afternoon, the Flyers recalled forward Tye McGinn from the Adirondack Phantoms. McGinn, who had suffered a broken orbital bone in February, has been playing -- but don't expect him to fight, given the nature of the injury.
Braydon Coburn said he did not get a call from the NHL on his high hit behind the Flyers' net on Pascal Dupuis. He seemed genuinely surprised that there was anything the league might want to review on it. ... Timonen will be honored before Tuesday's game by the Flyers for playing in his 1,000th NHL game in Tampa last week. Forty family and friends – 20 from Finland _ will attend. “Personally, it will be an emotional game,” he said. … Pittsburgh continues to fortify its roster by reportedly trading for defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose a day after getting Brendan Morrow from Dallas. Yep, the Penguins think they’re Stanley Cup contenders and are going for it.