Briere out indefinitely with concussion

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Flyers forward Danny Briere is out indefinitely with a concussion, the club announced today.

Briere reportedly suffered the injury Saturday when he crashed into the boards during practice. The 35-year-old missed Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

For the Flyers, it’s more bad news in a season that appears likely to finish without a playoff appearance. With 17 games remaining, Philadelphia is five points back of the eighth-place Rangers in the Eastern Conference.

Briere has five goals and eight assists in 26 games.

The injury should also end the trade speculation that’s surrounded the veteran forward as the April 3 deadline approaches. Briere is signed through 2014-15 with a cap hit of $6.5 million; however, his salary dips to $3 million and $2 million for next season and the one after that, respectively.

The Flyers also announced that defenseman Nicklas Grossmann is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Philadelphia hosts the Rangers Tuesday.