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Briere says after Flyers’ buyout announcement that Philadelphia ‘is my home’

Jun 20, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

Thursday was an emotional day for Danny Briere.

The Philadelphia Flyers organization has made it clear that it will use one of its compliance buyouts on Briere, who was in the midst of an eight-year, $52 million contract.

Briere, who scored six goals and had 16 points in 34 regular season games this year, later responded the club’s decision.

“This is my home,” Briere said, as per CSN Philadelphia. “Wherever I’m going to end up, the kids are staying here, and I’m coming back here. Yeah, this is my home. This is what we consider home now.”

Briere, 35, will soon be made an unrestricted free agent, which poses a number of different options and opportunities for him to ponder.

“There’s a lot of things that we will have to consider,” he said.

“Obviously, the kids [are] an issue. We’ll have to consider also if it’s a team that has a chance to win a Stanley Cup or not, a team that might have a role for me or not. Those are all questions that at this point I don’t really know, and I don’t know which one’s going to take over.”

Early indication is that he’ll have plenty of interest from other NHL clubs.

According to TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger, 15 or more teams are believed to have interest in Briere once he becomes a UFA.

  1. zetaone - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Should have stayed in Buffalo. Both ex co-captains Drury and Briere’s careers took nose dives once they left the Sabres for more money.

    They’ve been the 2 key centers we’ve been missing the last 5 years too.

    • bcisleman - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Drury maybe, but Briere has been very good for Philly until this year.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        Should have stayed in buffalo? lol nobody wants to stay in buffalo

      • zetaone - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Except for the fact that they both posted career stats while in Buffalo, who with their services, made it to the conference finals two years in a row including a president’s trophy. The team would have only gotten better.. but everyone left because of the almighty $$ Tom Golisano didn’t want to fork out the money for them.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Briere has been over PPG in the playoffs with the Flyers, he has been a key member of the team even after his career year with the Sabres, especially during the Cup run. He has raised him family here, and loves the area. He will likely be offered a position on the team after retiring, since the Flyers take care guys like Briere after their playing career.

      He made the right choice choosing Philly over

      • biasedhomer - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM


  2. bcisleman - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Devils or Washington would seem ideal for Briere. Isles, NYR or Pens might work as well.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      I think Boston makes sense, I will miss briere but if ‘philly is his home’, he better not end up in pittsburgh

    • zetaone - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      And with what currency will the Penguins pay Briere with? Used socks? Pancakes? They are going to have a hard enough time signing everyone else they need to in the next 2 offseasons.

    • hazlydose - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      As a pens fan, I would love to have Briere, but there is no way they can give him enough money to win out on the free agency market.

      • stakex - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        To that point, the Pens have virtually NO cap space to spend in free agency…

    • biasedhomer - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Washington would be perfect for him.

    • blackfoot11 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Agreed. He would be a good 2 yr option for the Caps as the 2nd Line Centerman, if they cant come to terms with Ribeiro. The wild card for the Caps in 2013-2014 is Kuznetsov joining the team following the Olympics/end of KHL season in Spring ’14.

  3. titansbro - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Sorry, but at least he has the money. Not like he missed out on any cups from Buffalo.

    • zetaone - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      That’s the point.. you don’t know what could have been. The team was a bunch of kids in 06, surprised everybody.. Won the president’s trophy in 07 with the same team.. Then everybody bolted for more $ similar to what happened to chicago after they won the cup.. except they recovered without missing a beat.

  4. seahawks19081 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Stupid question here, but can he re-sign with the Flyers at a cheaper salary?

    • biasedhomer - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      No, teams can’t resign a player they bought out

    • dcal4282 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      There has to be 1 year in between the buyout and resigning with the club

  5. northstarnic - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM


  6. ray2013 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Top dollar wins, or does he pick a team that has a good chance to win?

    • tcclark - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      money will have almost no factor. He’s already getting his salary from philly. he just wants to be close to his kids. I’d put NYI, Bos, and Was at the top of the list of teams to expect him to go to.

      • ray2013 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        You see players talk about wanting to win, then sign contracts with non-contenders, so I was curious to see where he’d sign. If his kids are the deciding factor then that changes the equation a lot.

  7. malkinrulez - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Again the question is does he want to win or get paid? I would love to see what he could with Pens , guy is money in the playoffs.

  8. kingsforever - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Kings for 1 Million

  9. stakex - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    We know he isn’t going to the Pens. They already have to figure out a way to keep all their players from last year and in the process patch up their defense and maybe even the goaltending. There is simply no cap space to waste $3-4 million on another depth forward they don’t need. In fact, if you’re a Pens fan don’t expect too much of anything during free agency from the Pens. They just don’t have cap space to play with.

    So where does he go? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up with the Devils if they want him. Its as close to Philly as he can get, and after a poor showing last year the Devils will be looking to add a little fire power. They need some more depth to keep them afloat in the event Kovelchuk gets injured. When he was injured last year, they didn’t have enough scoring to win. The Islanders and Washington are other possibilities since both teams could also use a little depth and have some cap space to play with. He probably won’t end up with the Rangers due to a lack of cap space, and any other team will be too far from Philly… if hes serious about staying close to home.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      i see him in red next year, washington needs a guy like him…a playoff performer and a leader. if they let ribiero walk they would be fools to not make him an offer

  10. redridershoottheireyeout - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    This isn’t the same guy that left Buffalo, no way he commands close to the same kind of money.

  11. andyreidisfat - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    This is a hard one for flyers fans. Danny b. has been a key player for the flyers for many years even if he hasn’t been a big time regular season point totaled. I for one would love to see Danny sign a one year deal and then come back home on a end of the career lets win a cup type deal with the flyers again.

    That won’t happen, Danny will get a nice sized 2-3 deal, and bad for the flyers is that he will probably want to sign close to home to be with his kids. Wouldn’t be shocked if Washington or boston took a chance on Danny.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Take it from me drury sucked as a Ranger

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