It’s been a tough season for the Philadelphia Flyers, injury-wise. For all of their successes in a season that really could have gone either way when they blew things up in the off-season, the absences that they have dealt with on the ice have been nothing short of spectacular. From Claude Giroux to Chris Pronger to Brayden Schenn to James van Riemsdyk among many others, the Flyers are walking wounded.
Now, with this list you could point to Danny Briere and say “Hey, this guy has been a real constant for them” and you would be absolutely right. Unfortunately, it looks as though that run is going to be brought to an end as of today. Briere sustained a concussion today against the New Jersey Devils, and as of right now is out indefinitely. What’s worse is that nobody knows when this concussion occurred. Briere could have been playing with it and just not noticed. In a story on NHL.com:
“I’m not too good right now,” Briere said in a text to CSNPhilly.com. “I don’t even know what happened.”
Well, here’s one of many plays which Briere was involved with where we think it may have occurred (he was also hit by Volchenkov at one point and took a shot from Elias as well). On this play, Briere gets dumped in front of the net by Mark Fayne of the Devils. Take a look:
Obviously we can’t be sure that is the hit that caused the concussion. Briere went down pretty quickly on the play and that could very well point to a lack of balance caused by a concussion from earlier. The Fayne hit certainly didn’t help things as Briere was clearly shaken up. Danny wasn’t the only Flyer to go out of the game as Jaromir Jagr left with a “lower body injury” in the first period.
If these injuries keep piling up for Philadelphia, they will be in some serious trouble. Their goaltending has been shaky as it is and Claude Giroux can’t do it all by himself every night. If Briere AND Jagr are out for extended periods of time, I’d expect them to slide a bit even when you look at how well Giroux and Scott Hartnell are playing right now.
If you’re keeping score, Briere is the seventh head injury victim the Flyers have had this season. Ideally, this will be the last one.