After being snubbed by the NHL in the all-star selection process, Flyers forward Danny Briere was named as an All-Star Game replacement. He will take the place of Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla who is taking himself out of the game to be with his ailing grandmother.
Briere has put together an excellent first half scoring 24 goals and recording 17 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers. He had an incredible 2010 postseason and helped carry the team to within two wins of the Stanley Cup. He has carried that over into the regular season this year and has centered the Flyers’ best line as of late. The line of Ville Leino, Scott Hartnell, and Briere have been tremendously hot in the past month. They have combined for eight goals and 10 assists in their last five games.
It was baffling that the Flyers only had one All-Star representative in Claude Giroux. I think it’s great to see Briere being recognized for his great play thus far. I’m still a firm believer that defenseman Kimmo Timonen has had an outstanding season and should be heading to Raleigh with Briere and Giroux. But it’s good that Briere will be showcasing his talents to the NHL.
**The NHL All-Star Game will be played on January 30th at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The drafting of the teams will occur on the 28th and will be televised live on Versus and TSN.