Briere talks broadcasting, future with Flyers

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Briere talks broadcasting, future with Flyers

Danny Briere may have a future in broadcasting, but it's not something he wants to think about just yet.

"Hopefully I have a couple more years to play," the Flyers' center said Thursday when he joined the panel of "Philly Sports Talk."

During the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Briere has served as a guest player analyst on TSN, afforded the opportunity because the Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time since he joined the team in 2007.

"It's a lot of fun," he said. "Obviously, I'd rather be playing but I guess it's the second-best seat."

Briere is entering a crucial offseason in his Flyers career. Following his least productive year with the orange and black and sitting at age 35, Briere could find himself with a new organization next year if the Flyers choose to amnesty his contract.

It's known that Briere wants to stay, but the team also has to clear space as the salary cap decreases going into next season.

So what does Briere make of the whole situation?

"I think I'm at the same stage as I was when we cleaned out our lockers at the end of the year," he said. "I still don't know. Like I said at the time, it's out of my control at this point.

"I'm hoping that I'll still be around come next season, but I don't have any more control over it."

Briere tallied just 16 points on six goals and 10 assists in 34 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He's always been a better performer with the club in the postseason than in the regular season, but he didn't have the chance to prove he can still get it going in the playoffs this past year.

Another amnesty candidate for the club is goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was unspectacular in net and shared time with newcomer Steve Mason at the end of the season.

Briere was positive in hoping that Bryzgalov wants to remain with the Flyers -- an issue on which not everyone agrees.

"I have to believe [he wants to be here]," Briere said. "There's a reason he signed with the Flyers. I know it was two years ago, but at the same time he's a competitive guy.

"I would certainly hope being a teammate of mine that he wants to be [here] and he wants to help our team get to the next level."

NHL Notes: Kings activate goalie Jonathan Quick from injured reserve

NHL Notes: Kings activate goalie Jonathan Quick from injured reserve

LOS ANGELES -- Goalie Jonathan Quick has returned to the Los Angeles Kings after injuring his groin in the first period of the season opener.

Quick led the Kings during warmups before Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner missed 59 games with the injury, which occurred Oct. 12 against San Jose. He has been skating with the Kings for several weeks, but he didn't make any rehabilitation starts in the minors.

The Kings only announced his return by activating him from injured reserve 40 minutes before the opening faceoff.

Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012 when the eighth-seeded Kings steamrolled the competition on their way to the franchise's first Stanley Cup title.

When healthy, Quick has been the Kings' starting goalie since December 2008.

Ducks: Vermette's 10-game suspension upheld
NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 10-game suspension assessed to Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette.

Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota's Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks' 1-0 win on Feb. 14. Vermette had a hearing with Bettman on Thursday after appealing the initial suspension.

Bettman announced Saturday that the 10-game ban would remain; Vermette has served four games already.

Vermette will lose $97,222 in salary.

The normally mild-mannered Vermette appeared to act out of frustration when Alphonso dropped the puck before the forward had put his stick in place on the ice. Officials immediately assessed a game misconduct to Vermette.

For Shayne Gostisbehere, Dave Hakstol, Stadium Series brings back cherished memories

For Shayne Gostisbehere, Dave Hakstol, Stadium Series brings back cherished memories

PITTSBURGH -- For Flyers coach Dave Hakstol and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, tonight’s Stadium Series game between the Flyers and Penguins brings back memories.
 
Hakstol coached North Dakota in an outdoor hockey in college, while Gostisbehere participated in one as a freshman at Union College.
 
For Hakstol, however, this whole idea of outdoor hockey began when he was growing up in central Alberta in the small town of Drayton Valley.
 
“I think everybody’s got great memories of growing up outdoors,” Hakstol said. “We had a back creek that we could shovel off. I’m sure everybody could sit back and tell you stories of playing on the outdoor rinks.
 
“For me, most recently, I’ve got two kids growing up playing on outdoor rinks, backyard rinks. It’s pretty cool. It takes you right back to the heart of the game.”
 
Hakstol’s outdoor coaching experience came during a game between Nebraska-Omaha and his North Dakota squad in 2013 at the “Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice.”
 
“I don’t know how to describe it,” Hakstol said of the event. “It’s just a different feel. It’s an ideal scenario.”
 
He said while tonight's game is special, it’s still about the points, first and foremost.
 
“You are cognizant of everything that surrounds the event and the game,” Hakstol said. “Yet for us, it’s two points. We’re fighting for every point here. That is going to paramount.”

Gostisbehere played at Fenway Park in 2012 for Union in a game against Harvard. That night, Union won, 2-0, to become the first ECAC club to ever win outdoors.
 
“I played at Fenway Park against Harvard and it was fun,” Gostisbehere said. “That was my freshman year and the only one I ever played in.
 
“Good crowd. It wasn’t packed obviously, but it was a night game. The ice was really good. It was really cold, too. It was pretty cool.”
 
As warm as it was Friday here -- a historic 78 degrees -- temperatures will begin in the 40s tonight at Heinz Field and then drop. It rained this morning but has since ceased.
 
“The biggest thing for me was to take a second, look around,” Gostisbehere said, admitting he failed to do that in college and won’t make that mistake again.
 
“Just cherish it a little bit. You are so focused on the game, it’s tough. That was biggest thing for me. It was such a blur. Just being in college and having the opportunity to play at Fenway Park was pretty awesome.”

This will the Flyers first-ever outdoor affair in Pittsburgh.
 
“It’s pretty exciting and I’m glad to be part of it,” Gostisbehere said.