Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 4/9/12

Danny Briere may be ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann also will return.

The health of some key members of the Philadelphia Flyers has been in question as the team approaches the playoffs. Today, the Flyers got a little bit of clarity in regards to a couple of their more important pieces.

Nicklas Grossmann, the Flyers defenseman who has played so well since being acquired from Dallas on February 16th practiced with the team today and should be ready to go on Wednesday for Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Series. Grossmann signed a 3 year contract extension on Friday, and has been valuable to the Flyers in the absence of their Captain, Chris Pronger. Grossmann had been nursing a knee injury sustained on April 1st against the Penguins.

Danny Briere was also injured in that very same game on April 1st, and had been listed as out indefinitely. Briere also practiced with the team today with no restrictions, a good sign he may be ready to go on Wednesday. Briere was leveled by Pittsburgh’s Joey Vitale in the final moments of a convincing Flyers win, leading to a brawl, fines and stern warning from the NHL.

Briere has struggled this season, but has been a bona fide playoff performer throughout his career. In the Flyers 2009-2010 run to the Stanley Cup Finals, Briere netted 12 goals and added 18 assists in only 23 games. His return should be a boost for the Flyers who have struggled offensively a bit.

Andrej Meszaros and James Van Riemsdyk will not likely be ready for the first series. GM Paul Holmgren announced on Friday that JVR was still about 2 weeks away from playing. Van Riemsdyk is recovering from a broken foot. Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery to clean out disk fragments in his back. He will probably be out for another 3 weeks or so.

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