Sitting in his locker stall, Danny Briere smiled and signed autographs as about a dozen members of the military made their way around the Flyers’ dressing room.

The veteran forward’s girlfriend is a United States Air Force doctor who was recently stationed in Afghanistan, so Briere was happy to meet with folks in the service. Recently, it hasn’t been so easy to smile for Briere, 35, who hasn’t registered a point since the first game of March and is in the midst of a 13-game goal-less drought.

“It’s not the first time,” Briere noted. “It’s happened in the past.”

As recently as last year, Briere had a 23-game goal-less drought. He went more than two months between goals. A couple months later, when the playoffs rolled around, he caught fire as he almost always does.

In the last three years, Briere has 52 points in 45 postseason games. Last year, his eight goals tied Claude Giroux for the team lead. He had at least a share of the team lead in each of the two years before that.

This year, the way the Flyers are going, he almost certainly won’t get that chance.

“I wish it could be a switch that you just turn on and off,” Briere said. “I know at some point it’s gonna turn. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later and I can be part of the solution and be one of the guys that’s gonna help turn things around.”

Briere has tried a lot of things. He even got a haircut recently to try to turn his on-ice fortune. Still, he has only five goals in 26 games and he knows that more is expected of him as the Flyers’ forward with the highest salary cap hit.

“It seems almost every year since I’ve been here there’s been a stretch where things have not gone my way,” he said. “There’s only one way out: to keep working hard. At some point it starts to work itself out. That’s the attitude I’m going with.”