Tyler J. Altemose
Oh, Danny boy
The League, the League is calling
If you haven’t yet been made aware, Philadelphia Flyers centerman Danny Briere has a conference call with the League Monday morning at 10:00am to discuss a cross check he gave to the head of Islanders forward Frans Nielsen.
Briere delivered the head shot almost immediately after a faceoff in the Islanders zone with only one minute remaining in the game. It earned him a game misconduct and ejection.
Briere told the media that it was in defense and that the altercation stemmed from an incident a couple of minutes earlier when he got between the Isles’ Trevor Gilles and Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn in front of the Flyers net.
“We didn’t want anybody fighting Gillies, we wanted him to leave him on the ice,” Briere told the media. “All I was trying to do was hold his arm to protect Coburn a little bit and Nielsen called me a few expletive words and didn’t appreciate what I was doing.”
During the altercation it seems as if Briere took a cheap shot, but that doesn’t really help his case when you see the cross check. It’s pretty obvious that he’s going to receive a suspension. How long remains to be seen.
Briere is no stranger to suspension. Last season he was suspended two games for a hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Scott Hannan.
Check back in to PhillyReign to see the verdict as well as my take on what the Flyers do with Briere as well as the Nodl and Meszaros upper body injuries.