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Philly’s Briere acknowledges contract buyout is likely

Apr 11, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

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Just one day after Ilya Bryzgalov discussed the prospect of Philly buying him out, his teammate was asked about a similar scenario.

Daniel Briere, the 35-year-old forward with two years left on his deal, said on Thursday he realizes he’s a likely candidate to be amnestied this summer as the Flyers look to get to the $64.3 million salary ceiling for 2013-14.

Here’s more, from CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio:

[Briere] admitted on Thursday he’s playing to remain a Flyer, and that he understands amnesty is a legitimate obstacle right now. He almost concedes it’s going to happen this summer, regardless.

“Definitely,” he said. “It’s reality. There’s no doubt about it. But at the same time, those are things I can’t control at this moment. All I can control is for me to come back into the lineup and play as good as I can, to show them. Other than that, I can’t worry about injuries or what they are going to decide to do. That’s out of my control at this point.

“It was agreed by both the players and owners. So no, I can’t complain about that. I end up being the one to pay the price. But you know what, there have been so many good things that turned in my favor over the years that I won’t complain about that.”

Briere signed an eight-year, $52 million deal in 2007. While he’s already collected $47 million in salary (he’s owed just $3 million next year and $2 million in 2014-15), there’s still the issue of his cap hit, which is $6.5 million in each of the next two years.

With the Flyers facing salary cap issues next year — they currently have $65 million on the books, according to CapGeek — it stands to reason they’ll part ways with Briere, who’ll turn 36 in October and has seen his point totals drop from 68 in 2010-11, to 49 last year, to just 13 this year (though he’s only appeared in 26 games).

Should he get bought out, Briere will likely be a target for teams looking for veteran leadership. He has 109 points in 108 playoff games and had 13 in 11 for the Flyers last year.

That said, Briere’s made it clear he wants to remain in Philadelphia.

“I believe in this team,” he said. “I want to be here. I can’t control if they decide to buy me out, but this is where I want to be at this point.

“I want to be here and I will try everything in my power to stay here.”

  1. killerpgh - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    With his family issue I can see him signing with a team like the Islanders next season just to stay close to his kids. A buyout works out good for Breire as well. He will still get paid about 3.3 million from the Flyers and he will be able to sign a new contract elsewhere. So any contract over 1.7 million (total for both years) will equal more money for him than he would have made playing out his contract.

  2. axisofweasels - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    i wonder if buffalo’d pursue him, and if he’d consider returning.

  3. jjregan21 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Maybe if the Flyers could make it to the playoffs he could show his best value which is in clutch games. That guy has a ton of playoff points

  4. delsj - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Is there anything in the CBA that prohibits the team that amnesties a player from then resigning the player at a more cap-friendly number? That sounds like a win-win for the Flyers and Briere.

    • killerpgh - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Supposedly there is. You can’t resign with the team that bought you out or be traded to the team for at least 1 year.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    He’s overrated anyway, he only plays against bad competition. Check out his corsi stats

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      I’d say his playoff statistics put that arguement to rest. The last two year’s he’s been bad, but that doesn’t take away the fact that he’s lights out against premier competition on the biggest stage in the Playoffs.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Well if Danny has indeed played his last game in Orange and Black, I would like to thank him for his years of service. He has been a dynamic scorer, a playoff stud, and a consummate professional. His leadership has been invaluable since he joined the club following their abysmal 06-07, and he, along with Hartnell and Timonen changed the entire culture in the lockerroom. They turbed then right back to a winning organization. He took many young players under his wing and mentored them on the right way to play the game. I will always have the utmost respect for one of the NHLs most dangerous, diminutive performers. Maybe someone with cap room will trade for him (as his salary is just $3,$2 mil) in exchange for a late rd pick. But amnesty seems more likely.

    Serious question… Say the Flyers amnesty Briere, could Briere then come back and negotiate a new deal with Philly? Because he doesn’t want to leave. But I have no clue if that’s legal under the CBA.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      I heard someone talking about that possibility with Vancouver and Luongo. Maybe on HNIC. Though details weren’t given and the idea was dismissed in the discussion, it sounded like it is indeed possible. I would imagine there are restrictions though.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Looks like the answer is no:

      “A Player that has been bought out under these Compliance Buy Out provisions shall be prohibited from rejoining the Club that bought him out(via re-signing, Assignment, Waiver claim or otherwise) for the duration of the 2013/14 League Year if the Player was bought out in 2013) and the 2014/15 League Year(if the Player was bought out in 2014).”

      So much for HNIC.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        Ok thank you for the clarification.

  7. jimw81 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    another player the flyers beat writers are running out of town

    • jimw81 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      this is how great flyers beat writers are i forget who it was but wrote a story about Compliance Buyouts in the NHL and did not know the rules. that’s what the flyers are up against on daily basis.

      • jimw81 - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        I remember, it was Seravell. Go figure. atleast sam carchidi apologized on twitter today to Bryz.

  8. flyers22 - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    tell me about it the media in this city is so tough on all the sports teams its hard to even watch when half of them have no clue what they are talking about and they just give there “expert opinion” which sucks and makes no sense at all but i guess you get that on espn as well

    • jimw81 - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      daily news, inquirer and newspapers hire or assign people who know NOTHING about what they are covering that’s the problem. i have hundreds of hockey links of sites inwhich the writer has the 10x larger the hockey iq size for flyers media beat writers. That’s including Tim Panaccio. why wouldnt newspapers give those people a shot.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Haha it’s so true. Philadelphia’s media coverage hockey-wise is so brutal. If you don’t really know the game, you will be mislead by CSN, DN, Inq, etc.

      • ml3939 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Radio personalities are awful too. Missanelli being the worst by far.

      • jimw81 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        no, all of 97.5 and 94.1 don’t know anything about the game expect Morganti and Macnow.

      • jimw81 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        i feel bad for morganti especially dealing with Huges and Cataldi on daily basis.

      • ml3939 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Yeah, it’s unfortunate though, Missanelli and Cataldi are the faces/voices of their respective stations and know very little. Missanelli was so intent on getting Eskin off the air th he became him when that time came. He will tell you he knows hockey because he covered it 30 years ago but he knows nothing about the current game. I had to stop listening.

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