Danny Briere Has Hairline Fracture; Could Still Return Soon

The Flyers are expecting to start the season without injured forward Danny Briere.

But in a turn of events, Briere could actually return sooner than expected. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Briere is, "healing really well and going in the right direction" in regards to Briere's wrist injury sustained in Europe at the end of December. 

Holmgren then said that the forward had incurred a stress fracture on his left wrist. Originally the team thought Briere had a sprain or a bone bruise.

“The news on Danny today was somewhat positive,” Holmgren said. “The injury showed it’s a little further along in a good way than what we had initially anticipated. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and the next day. It probably changes at least my thoughts about him being out an extended period of time. It might not be as long as we initially thought.”

Briere, 35, is still expected to miss at least the first two games of the season, this Saturday hosting the Penguins and then Sunday in Buffalo. He has yet to participate in practice this week, and different forwards have been cycled through the top two lines where Briere is expected to play.

Last season, Briere scored 16 goals and added 33 assists. His 49 points were his lowest in at least 70 games since the 2005-2006 season with Buffalo.