Prior to the trade deadline, the Flyers were forced to begrudgingly move three players and a draft pick so that Danny Briere, who was returning from a stomach/groin injury after playing only nine games, would fit under the cap. But after all the meticulous accounting work and break ups with committed players, Briere’s influence was short lived, as General Manager Paul Holmgren announced to the media that Briere had indeed re-injured his groin, Thursday in the Flyers’ 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. Briere’s injury comes after only three games since his return, in which he had no points and was a minus-2.
From his first shift on, Briere looked slow and out of sorts. He wasn’t working for pucks and was quick to change on a shift. He did play power play time, but eventually left the ice between the second and third period and didn’t return. It is not known whether the injury is just a tweak or something that will keep him out until the playoffs. The early report is that Briere needed a blood bubble to be removed from the area.