Danny Briere didn't have to meet with the media today to discuss his injury.
Curiously, the Flyers allowed him to talk even though he is listed as out indefinitely. Every other player who was injured and out for more than day-to-day this season, has been off limits to the media.
But Briere wanted to talk and asked GM Paul Holmgren if he could.
He doesn't have any fault - nor should he - with Joe Vitale's hit that left him with back spasms. He just feels the "intent" wasn't innocent.
“Everyone knows you put [that] line on the ice with a minute left and the game is out of hand, everyone knows what the intent was,” Briere said. “Was it a bad hit? No, it was clean.
“Obviously, he knew what he was doing. He was trying to hurt me. We all know that. It was clean hit, I’m the first one to admit to that. I saw him come up at the last second. I braced myself to take the hit. It just turned out bad, this time.”
Briere has had shoulder, groin, abdominal and even concussion injuries during his long career. But this is the first time, he said, he's even experienced back spasms.
When he left Pittsburgh on Sunday he was sore, he said. Within hours, his back seized up on him.
I figure if it's just back spasms and nothing more, then the 8 days we have between now and the playoffs SHOULD be enough time for Briere to return.
If it were a back injury where something was broken or a blood bruise, etc., I'd be less positive. My gut says Briere will be there in Game 1 next week.
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