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Report: Boston, St. Louis inquire about Briere

Feb 27, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

Danny Briere AP

Could Daniel Briere be on the move?

That’s the question circulating around Philly this morning after the Daily News’ Frank Seravalli broke word that a pair of teams — the Blues and Bruins — have inquired about the 35-year-old.

It’s an interesting bit of information given the Flyers, mired in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, could use a shakeup beyond bringing back the likes of Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne.

Also interesting is that St. Louis and Boston — both likely playoff bound — are kicking the tires on a great playoff scorer (Briere has 108 points in 109 career postseason games.)

Now all that said, Briere doesn’t sound interested in changing addresses.

More, from Seravalli:

Briere, 35, is one player who isn’t going anywhere. The Flyers have not asked Briere to waive his no-trade clause, and it isn’t clear whether they’re interested in moving him, but he provided an answer Tuesday.

Briere has a full no-movement clause – meaning he can’t even be sent to the minors without his permission – and will not waive it to be dealt to any team in the NHL, regardless of destination.

“I don’t want to comment on anything at this point,” Briere told the Daily News. “Trades are not my department. I’ve been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

Briere has two seasons left on the eight-year, $52 million deal he signed back in 2007, though the last two years come at a great price ($3 and $2 million in salary, respectively.)

St. Louis is probably the most intriguing of the two suitors. GM Doug Armstrong was in Philly last week as part of his Eastern Conference tour, and the Blues have some familiarity with Briere —  Ken Hitchcock coached against him for years during his tenure behind the Flyers bench, and assistant coach Brad Shaw was with the Phoenix organization while Briere played for the Coyotes.

The Bruins know Briere as well. During their epic collapse from 3-0 up in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, Boston watched as he tallied six points over the final four games of the series, which included the game-tying in Game 7.

Update: Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes more about Armstrong “tracking” the Flyers closely.

  1. mclovinhockey - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Shattenkirk for Danny B : ) I can dream can’t I

    • xflyersx - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      I was going to say this or Pietrangelo

      • hockeyissweet - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        hah thats one hell of a dream. im a fan of both flyers and blues, and they probably wouldnt even trade pietro for giroux and 2 first round picks. i wouldnt either, next top defenceman.

      • xflyersx - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        I can dream can’t I?

    • bekay19 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      keep dreaming!!

    • jtrain1966 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Uh, NO !

  2. flyguys73 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Briere didn’t score the game winning goal in game 7, Gagne did.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Tying goal.

  3. 950003cups - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    If I were him, I’d let a trade happen if I were guaranteed an extension to 4 years at a competitive compensation to colleagues at my caliber. The guy, at 35, can still play at a high level. He’s like our Elias.

    • killerpgh - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      You can’t sign an extension until you are in the last year off your contract in the NHL. So that would be 2014-15 for Briere. He will turn 38 at the start of the season of the 2015-16 season. He is not likely to get a big deal. With the Flyers Cap problems (about 2 million under the cap with 4 bodies needed) going into next season the smartest thing he could do financially would be to not waive the NMC the flyers gave him and then possibly get bought out. If they buy him out this off season he will get 3.5-4 million from that and still be able to sign anywhere he wants and would get a better contract at age 36 then he would at 38. If he accepts a trade the chance of him getting bought out drops especially if it to a team like the Blues. The Blues have the lowest salary cap in the NHL this year and would love paying a player 3 and 2 million per year for a 6.5 million cap hit.

  4. broadstbully33 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    He would help any playoff team and it doesn’t look as though Philly will be playing playoffs. It’s a horrible idea but I just see this year as a building experience. Briere could bring in a nice haul in return picks and prospects. I doubt he would go to Boston but St. Louis I can def see.

    • stratomaticfan - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Yeah…why would he want to go to a team that has a great shot at winning its second Cup in 3 years? That would be silly.

  5. broadstbully33 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    It looks like shattenkirk is the guy Philly wants there is no way pietrangelo would be traded IMO. I would take more than briere to get shattenkirk and I doubt briere will wave his no movement clause.

  6. filadelphiaphlyers - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Would me hard to see briere go but if he does its not likely we would get a current major player from the blues. dont know anyone in their minor league systems but a playoff team wont be looking to get rid of an important component to their team now. get some combo of picks and prospects.

    Then again the Kings barely made the playoffs last year and look how that ended up. all we need is a spot in the top 8.

    • filadelphiaphlyers - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      and a hot streak

  7. buddysguys - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    he said the same to Buffalo before he took off in FA for a Kings Ransom….plus its not up to you Danny Boy its up to Paul.

    • crosberries - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Umm isn’t that the point of a “no trade clause”. Yeah it is up to danny boy. If he were smart he’d jump ship to get a cup.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        there should be a ” no troll clause “

  8. rtlemon21 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Briere has serious custody issues with his kids from his recent divorce, not exactly sure of all the details but I doubt he would be leaving. His wife would gain full custody because she has apparently re-married to someone in the area. Although I would love to see him go to the Blues, please not to Boston.

    • flyeredup202 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Hes shes married to a cop…. scumbag is what she is… cheating on him while he was on the road… shes straight crazy…but he is not going to leave the boys with her… he is not going to leave Philly, Danny is a part of the Orange and Black and I hope he retires that way….Only way I want to see him leave is if we get Dougie Hamilton or shattenkirk but it comes down to Cup or Family and Danny is going to take his boys over a cup… they have roots here and are big into the pee wee leagues here in the South Jersey area.

      • TD - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        The Bruins wouldn’t trade Dougie Hamilton straight-up for the Cup itself, let alone a 35-year-old forward whose game depends on wheels.

        I’ll have what he’s smoking…

      • homelanddefense - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        I almost fell out of my chair when I just read Dougie Hamilton. Good god, a 19 year old star prospect for an old guy who is basically a 20 goal scorer at this point. Seems reasonable.

      • jtrain1966 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        If, Bruins fans are saying : HELL NO to trading Hamilton, then what do you think the Blues fans are thinking with trading Shattenkirk ?

  9. broadstbully33 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    He left buffalo cuz they wouldn’t pay him or drury. His salary is justified by his playoff performances which are second to none

  10. jpdoc26 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    You idiots actually think the Blues will give up Shattenkirk for Briere?

  11. broadstbully33 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    The flyers wouldn’t trade him to a rival like Boston that would be silly.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      It worked out great for the Leafs though

      • TD - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Thank-you Ke–ssel….

        There isn’t a B’s fan who wouldn’t trade Kessel straight-up for EITHER Seguin or Hamilton…but we’ll take both, thanks.

    • pastabelly - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      The Flyers will not even be in the Bruins conference next year. Unfortunately, the teams aren’t really rivals, except for the two playoff series. To this day, I believe the Bruins were a better team even though they blew the 3-0 lead. Philly took out Krecji on a dirty play in Game 3 and Seidenberg was already out that season. It was an undermanned Bruins team.

      As a B’s fan, I don’t want Briere either. They need a one-year rental. Ryder would have been the better move. But PC is obviously interested in Briere as he has been scouting Philly relentlessly.

  12. mclovinhockey - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Tbh I could see Laughton and Danny for shattenkirk and a 2nd. Blues would get a stellar playoff player (a point a game in over 100 games is incredible) plus a great prospect.

    • jtrain1966 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Not even that deal would get you an extra 10 seconds on the phone with Armstrong !

  13. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I am a big Danny B fan so I don’t wanna see him moved. Especially not to a team like Boston. That is unless they were willing to part with someone like Dougie Hamilton, which they wouldn’t do. I can see a move to the Blues as more likely but still unrealistic. They would have to package a young defender, but Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk are obviously off the table so it’s unrealistic. Maybe a Ty Rattie or Jaden Schwartz would make the Flyers think about it but I still think you need a defender in the deal. Maybe Ian Cole? But I’m not sure how he’s developing or if he projects as a top-6 NHLer. I don’t see Briere going anywhere. Too good of a leader and too clutch in the playoffs.

  14. brainoflindros - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Guaranteed, if or when he is traded, that team wins the cup on 1 or 2 years. Flyers curse…

  15. theblakfox - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    As much as I would love to see a guy like Briere join my bruins, it was be so strange. Hes worn orange and black like his own skin, and nobody wants to see his children taken away from him. Stay where u are Danny, its not like the Blues or Bruins need you. they are upper echelon teams already.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Yeah Idk why the Bruins would be that interested… their top two lines are dynamite and Briere has a $6.5 million cap hit for the next two years. He’s a key playoff performer, but is it worth it? Especially when you have a lot of your core forwards coming up for new deals in the next few years. St. Louis makes more sense but would he waive his no-movement clause to leave his home and go to a midwest city? Probably not. Where did these rumors come from?

  16. drewzducks - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Seems to be an over reach for the B’s as he wouldn’t crack their top two lines and would no doubt demand a hefty price in compensation to Philly. B’s need to focus on their D as Mr. Ference continues to struggle and Claude has been a bit cautious with Hamilton late in games. They also may want to add depth in a 3rd line wing.

    • nunan - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      He wouldn’t crack their top 2 lines but he would crack that third line which, like you said, is where they are looking to improve. I don’t think Ference is going anywhere. He is a strong playoff performer and more importantly, PC isn’t going to mess with the chemistry this team has. That’s THE most important thing. Ference is a huge part of that….leader in the room. They need goals and PP help. They can address all of that by getting a legit threat to fill in on that third line.

    • TD - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      I could see the B’s sending Horton in a package for Briere, which would free up a top-6 forward slot. Horton’s unrestricted this year, and probably won’t get signed given his glass jaw..

  17. withseidelinn - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    The Bruins are tied to every trade rumour.

  18. ballistictrajectory - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM


  19. jimw81 - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Flyers are sellers now. i believe Briere should waive his NMC for the best of the club. He’s done so much for the team but I feel they move on.

    • jimw81 - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      gagne was a depth move to replace read who would be out until AFTER the trade deadline.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      But it all depends on what you can get in return. If Holmgren can get a stud prospect then he has to consider it. But say the Flyers go on a run, everyone hits their stride, and they make the playoffs. There’s still 2/3 of the season remaining and they’re only a 3-5 game winning streak from being in solid playoff position. They also will start to have more rest soon in their schedule, whereas other teams will finally start catching up to them in the fatigue and injury department. Wouldn’t you want one of the most clutch playoff performers in NHL history on your team? I know I would. Although some cap relief would be nice.

  20. nunan - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I don’t think the Flyers are sellers at all. They could easily make a run. I don’t really feel Briere in Boston. He’s a great playoff performer and would fit in really well with that third line but I don’t want someone who doesn’t want to be there. The Bs are so tight-knit, they have a great thing going on in that room. Whoever comes in has to want to be there.

  21. supercoop8 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Bruins will be tied to anyone that may be on the move because Chiarelli inquires about everyone just to gauge the market but I can’t see them wanting Briere’s contract.

  22. wannabebluesplayer - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I can honestly tell you this. Look very hard at the Colorado deal a few years ago that netted the Blues Shattenkirk and Stewart.

    Shatty – Johnson
    Stewart – 1st Round Pick
    2nd Round Pick – McClement

    Armstrong won’t trade Shattenkirk or Pietrangelo for Briere by himself. Pietroangelo is basically untouchable and Shattenkirk would take something to the extent of Coburn or Schenn and Schenn or Courtier and a pick to get him from St. Louis.

  23. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Trade him , yeah he’s been a warrior come Playoff time but that team isnt making the playoffs and even if by slight chance they do, Bryzgalov cant handle the pressure ., and they wont get past the first round .

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      They got past the first round last year when Bryz didn’t handle the pressure, and he was hardly the problem in round two. This season he’s playing better, so if the Flyers make the playoffs, I don’t see Bryzgalov being as much of a liability.

      • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Name a time since he’s been in your uniform when he’s literally stolen a game … you cant.. plain and simple . He’s a goner next year too with the Amnesty buyouts taking effect.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        The 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. The 5-3 win against Carolina where the Flyers were outshot like 42 to 24, he was great. And the 2-1 win over the Rangers at the beginning of the year. There have been games where he’s been top-notch, but you’re right he doesn’t regularly steal games like elite goalies should. Look I’m not a huge Bryz fan, but there’s no denying he can flash brilliance. Unfortunately those games are usually followed by one where he gives up 5. And I thought for sure he’d be an amnesty victim next year as well, but for the most part he’s shown a lot of improvement. Last year you knew he was gonna give up 1-3 soft goals, this year it’s more like 1 per game. He’s not great, but they won’t amnesty him unless they have an absolute, surefire starter waiting in the wings. They don’t have that, so he stays.

  24. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Hmmm. Big fan of Danny B but this may be a way to solidify the blue line. The ? is what is a team willing to give up? Not sure if there is anyone worth trading for (realistically) from the B’s or Blues.

    • pastabelly - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Actually, Adam McQuaid or Johnny Boychuck probably make more sense than Hamilton, especially if the Flyers are looking for defensemen. The Bruins have excess defensemen. No team has six defensemen up to the standards of Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuck, Ferrence, Hamilton, and McQuaid. But Seidenberg and Chara are not getting any younger.

  25. csilojohnson - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I didn’t realize DB was that old. Don’t see him going anywhere. This site has a habit of reporting a lot of garbage.
    Although he could move west, learn to play wing, keep custody of his kids, and rack up some points till he is 38. Then the Pens can trade him back to Philly for a conditional 3rd rounder. He retires a Flyer.
    In reality I don’t think I could stomach that. Would be almost as bad as the Pens signing Hartnell.
    Or the Flyers signing Crosby (skill lvl is apples and oranges. Hate is about on par for comparison) For the other perspective. That would blow some minds in PA. lol

  26. kingjoe1 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I think Briere is great for the Flyers. However, if the Bruins offer up Suppan, the Flyers better jump, they need a goalie of the future.

  27. Anthony Maiorana - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Reblogged this on Evening the Score.

  28. mattyo99 - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    How can ppl say the flyers are not making the playoffs? Last time i checked there were 8th seed, which is good for a playoff spot

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