UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6:21 p.m. ET by Michael Moraitis
Big Boost for the Flyers Tonight!Danny Briere back In the Lineup!!!— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) January 26, 2013
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UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 20, at 5:10 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag
Sam Carchidi, Flyers beat writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, reported that Briere would miss at least the first week of the season (via Twitter):
Briere won't play until at least Sat. #Flyers— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 20, 2013
The Flyers dropped their season home-opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. They also lost Sunday's game against Buffalo by a 5-2 margin.
Briere's return to the ice can't come soon enough as the Flyers have struggled to score goals out of the gate.
They have matchups at New Jersey and at home against the New York Rangers before Saturday's clash against the Florida Panthers.
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Philly.com reported that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren broke the news and described Briere as “iffy” to play in Saturday’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins or Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.
An earlier report from Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi notes that the injury occurred while Briere was playing with Eisbaren Berlin in Germany.
The veteran center produced 49 points last season from 16 goals and 33 assists. He provided excellent depth at the position behind Claude Giroux, who led the Flyers with 93 points in his most recent campaign.
Philadelphia scored 3.17 goals per game during the 2011-12 season, which tied it with the Boston Bruins for the second-best mark in the NHL. Having productive players like Giroux and Briere on multiple lines helped the team’s attack remain dangerous throughout the season.
All the goals allowed the Flyers to finish fifth in the Eastern Conference, but the team lost in five games to the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the playoffs.
In an lockout-shortened season, each game’s importance is amplified, and injuries to key players can have extremely negative effects.
The Flyers can only hope Briere will be back on the ice shortly, as the team will need the 35-year-old to maintain a productive front-line rotation. Philadelphia will be looking to improve upon its finish this year, and Briere’s presence will be a huge help in reaching that goal.