Briere hearing slated; Maroon on way out

Danny Briere received a major penalty and a game misconduct for cross-checking the Islanders' Frans Neilsen. (AP/Tom Mihalek)

   The NHL has scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing Monday that will determine whether Flyers star center Danny Briere will be suspended for his role in a late melee Saturday.

   With one minute left in the Flyers' 6-1 win over the New York Islanders, Briere received a five-minute major for cross-checking, along with a game misconduct. Three other players, including Dan Carcillo and two Islanders, also went to the penalty box during the uprising.

   There were 27 penalties for 120 minutes in the game. The Flyers had 11 penalties for 47 minutes; NY had 16 penalties for 73 minutes.

   If Briere is suspended, the Flyers could move Jeff Carter or Darroll Powe to center.

  Briere is tied for the team lead with six goals.

  The Flyers host Carolina on Monday, and the Hurricanes' lineup figures to include former Flyers farmhand Jonathan Matsumoto, who was recalled from the AHL on Sunday.

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    The Flyers are parting ways with 6-foot-4, 225-pound left winger Patrick Maroon of the AHL Adirondack Phantoms. GM Paul Holmgren told a Phantoms reporter that the once-promising Maroon had "a pattern of behavior" that led to his dismissal.

   Maroon, who has battled weight problems in his career, is under contract and cannot be released, Holmgren told a Glens Falls, N.Y., reporter.  The Flyers will try to trade him or send him to the ECHL.

    Holmgren was not available to local reporters.

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    Holmgren said D Andrej Meszaros and RW Andreas Nodl were day to day with upper-body injuries sustained Saturday. They will probably be replaced Monday by Oskars Bartulis and Nik Zherdev, the only Flyers who skated and took shots on Sunday in Voorhees.

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   Breakaways. The Flyers are 12-0-3 in their last 15 games against Carolina.....Jeff Skinner, Carolina's No. 1 draft pick (7th overall) last summer, is one of the Hurricanes' scoring threats. He is only 18-years-old.....Caolina's Joni Pitkanen, a former Flyer, is fifth in the NHL in average time on ice per game (26:11)......Chris Pronger and Blair Betts lead the Flyers with plus-5 ratings....About 650 tickets remain for Monday's game.

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