Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere will be out indefinitely due to a concussion, according to an announcement by the team on Monday afternoon.
This update comes a day removed from general manager Paul Holmgren announcing that Briere would not be available for Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to an upper-body injury. According to Holmgren, the injury was sustained during practice on Saturday.
This marks the second consecutive season that Briere has sustained a concussion. During the 2011-12 season, the organization announced that Briere was out indefinitely with the same injury, which forced him to miss five games.
In 26 games played in 2013, Briere has compiled five goals and eight assists for 13 points. This amount of production has left many unsatisfied with the 35-year-old's performance and trade rumors have circulated as a result.
Briere is currently playing in the sixth year of an eight-year, $52 million contract, which carries an annual average value of $6.5 million against the salary cap and contains a no-movement clause. Holmgren previously stated that the organization has not spoken to Briere about waiving his no-move clause. Regardless, this injury likely limits any interest from opposing clubs with the trade deadline a little over a week away.
It will be interesting to see how the Flyers perform without Briere given his lack of production, as well as his reputation as a defensive liability. Spending the majority of his time on the second line with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, as well as playing on the second unit of the power play, another member of the Flyers will be given an opportunity to establish a key role with the team in Briere's absence.
In addition to updating Briere, Holmgren also announced that defenseman Nicklas Grossmann is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury.