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."

Philadelphia to host 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

Philadelphia to host 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

Philadelphia will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 30.

USA Hockey on Tuesday announced that the Flyers will host the event for the first time.

The 2016 Hall of Fame class includes legendary high school coach Bill Belisle, former NHL forward Craig Janney, and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team. 

That team featured Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Abington native Mike Richter. It also has a special connection with Philly. The 1996 World Cup of Hockey was the first sporting event played at the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center). The U.S. would go on to win the tournament.

“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement. “It’s one of our nation’s very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year and we’re grateful for the advance support we’ve received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate.”

Tuesday also marks 50 days until the Flyers begin their 50th anniversary season. 

Flyers legends Mark Howe, John LeClair to coach All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia

Flyers legends Mark Howe, John LeClair to coach All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia

U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers and Flyers legends Mark Howe and John LeClair will go behind the bench next month at the Wells Fargo Center.
 
Both have been selected as head coaches for the 5th annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game here on Sept. 22.
 
This is just one of many events planned at the Wells Fargo Center this season to celebrate the Flyers’ 50th Anniversary.
 
The 7 p.m. faceoff features 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL draft.
 
Howe and LeClair have combined to represent the U.S. seven times: one Canada Cup, two IIHF World Championships, one World Cup of Hockey and three Olympics. Howe was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and LeClair’s induction occurred in 2009.

Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
 
Tickets for the All-American Prospects Game can be obtained online at  ComcastTIX.com, or by calling 1-800-298-4200, or by visiting the Wells Fargo Center Box office.

Rangers win Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes

Rangers win Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes.

New York announced Friday it agreed to terms on an entry-level deal with the coveted college free agent.

Vesey was the Hobey Baker Award winner as the NCAA's player of the year last season for Harvard. The 23-year-old forward had 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games.

Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2012 draft, Vesey said he wouldn't sign by the Aug. 15 deadline. The Predators traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.

Vesey met with several teams this week and ultimately chose to join the Rangers.