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Danny Briere won’t lack suitors following buyout

Jun 26, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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It won’t be long before the Philadelphia Flyers buy out Danny Briere. And, from the sound of things, he won’t be “out of work” very long, either.

The 35-year-old forward told CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that he’s had as many as 15 teams express interest in his services.

“I didn’t expect that,” Briere said.

Of course, the list might get a lot smaller if the aging winger expects a similar deal to the eight-year, $52 million contract the Flyers are about to buy out.

Briere is coming off a rough, injury-plagued 2013 season. He was limited to 16 points in 34 games, generating a -13 rating.

Still, at the right price, he can generate some serious interest. That’s especially true thanks to his playoff heroics; he has 109 points in 108 career postseason games, including 30 in 23 contests during the Flyers’ run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

 

  1. killerpgh - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Isn’t he technically still under contract for the Flyers? So shouldn’t it be considered tempering if 15 teams are talking to a player currently on contract?

    • pouncex23 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      If the Flyers are buying him out, why would they care who wants him?

  2. jpelle82 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    washington

  3. dkphilly1122 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Good for Danny B. He can definitely go to a contender and if nothing more, and obviously the right money, help in the playoffs and clutch time. Danny is definitely a role model and can help younger players too. I wish him nothing but the best, except when whatever team he goes to plays the Flyers. He is and will be a Philly guy forever.

    • tcclark - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      and people say Flyers fans have no class

  4. tcclark - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    This site always refers to him as a winger even though he has played the center position almost exclusively throughout his career. People have tried him on the wing but he doesn’t like it. He plays better as a center.

  5. sjsharks66 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Rumor is the Flyers are interested in signing him…

    Oh wait…not this time.

    • laxman1944 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Clever

      Way to use the old noodle there big fella.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Because he’s an amazing leader and has a great personality , that’s why the flyers care

  7. ibieiniid - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    its like when you dump a chick, then get jealous when she sees somebody else

  8. 11blueshirts11 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    He’d be a good fit for the rangers. Fits AV’s system well

    • zetaone - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:17 AM

      Yeah, where careers go to die.

    • DED - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      I don’t know. The Rangers tried that with his bro from Buffalo (Drury) and that didn’t work out (injuries!). While he had a more successful career post Buffalo than Drury, I can’t help but worry that more will come. It also depends on what he’s asking for as the Rangers have to re-sign Stepan, McDonagh, and Hagelin and only $14 million of cap space. Who knows how much they’re going to have leftover to fill the other roster spots (only 15 non-goalie spots filled as of now).

  9. devilsarethebest - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    He’s coming (staying really) to Jersey. Makes the most sense for him, he doesn’t want to move his kids from S. Jersey and he can stay with them. Lou will grab him especially if we can’t sign Clarkson. Side note, do players that get bought out only become FAs after July 5 or right away?

    • killerpgh - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      I think once they are official bought out they will be feel to negotiate a new deal, but can’t official sign a new deal until FA begins.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Thanks.

    • stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Highly doubtful.

      Since your name is devilsarethebest, let me fill you in on your team since fans tend to be blind to these things: The Devils are going nowhere fast next season. Their goaltending tandem is a combined 81 years old and I don’t care if one is named Martin Brodeur… that’s not going to fly. Lets also not forget that when they do final close the old folks home in net, there is nothing to replace it with, meaning the Devils goaltending future is dark at best.

      Besides goaltending, the rest of the roster is giant mess right now with only two proven NHL quality forwards signed for next season, and a defense that needs some serious path work. If guys like Elias and Clarkson walk the Devils are really screwed. Sure they have a ton of cap space to play with, but its going to be a weak UFA market as it is and a team that missed the playoffs isn’t going to be a destination on the top of too many UFA’s list.

      In short, the Devils are almost certain to be a rebuilding team next season. Since Briere has said he wants to go to a team that has a chance to win (and at 35 with no Cup, that’s a given), and its unrealistic to expect the Devils to have much chance at a Cup in the near future. Oh, and Briere also said his kids will not be a deciding factor in where he goes. If he can stay close, great… but he is still going to go to the team that is the best fit. With no hope of a Cup in the future baring a massive chance in direction, the Devils are not going to be it.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:35 AM

        You seem to be forgetting that a healthy Devils team kicked the entire league’s a@@ until Brodeur got injured. Then he came back they went 3-0 and Kovy went down. Until March they were serious contenders in the East. Brodeur may not be what he once was but he can still play at an above average level as seen from the Final run. And as for NHL quality forwards, Zajac, Kovy, Zubrus, Loktionov, the 4th line. And Henrique is an RFA who was qualified. Their defense is solid and there are some new prospects coming in. As for goaltending in the future, you seem to know nothing as Kinkaid and Wedgewood are expected to be NHL starters. Also, Minny wasn’t a playoff team last year either, but unfortunately that wasn’t a problem Just because you want him, you don’t have to act like a d-bag Pens fan.

      • stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        A lot of wishing and hoping there my friend.

        First of all, I’m a Rangers fan and I really hope Sather doesn’t sign Briere. Besides the Rangers have Stepan and two solid first lines… there’s no place for him with the Rangers. Its just simply logic when it comes to the Devils and him.

        To correct your points. Brodeur finished the season with his lowest S% ever. He’s getting old, and its hard to see him maintaining another full year be it from injury or just poor play. I would say the Devils could give him some time off and limit his minutes… but Hedberg is just as old, and wasn’t very good last year. So if the Devils have ANY chance to be good next year, Marty needs to be 110% all season and I would be big money that doesn’t happen.

        Also, Zubrus is a UFA who might not be back and Henrique is a decent player but he’s nothing special. He had all of 16 points in 42 games last year. As for the 4th line… they were lackluster last year, and its not a good thing if they are all coming back.

        I am also well aware of who Kinkaid and Wedgewood are. I am also aware that neither one of them has any NHL experience, and no one in their right mind would call Wedgewood ready for the NHL. There is also a lot of talk that the Devils are so confident these guys will be the future, that they might use their first round pick on a goaltender……

        Seriously man, you are trying too hard here. I feel for you, I really do. As a Rangers fan I’ve been there. Your team is in the crapper and you just don’t want to see it. Give it five years, and maybe things will be better.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:26 AM

        You are definitely being too hard on the Devils. they aren’t as bad as you make them out to be. Henrique for one had a great rookie season and its no surprise his 2nd season would be more challenging. In a full season, who knows where his numbers would have been. They can sign or trade for a goaltender to hold them over and split time with Marty, until the prospects are developed enough to take over. I give Uncle Lou the benefit of the doubt. He’s much better GM than Sather or anyone else out there. I’m personally hoping Uncle Lou will see his way to trade for Bobby Luo at the draft a couple of solid prospects and a 2nd rounder would be great, just great. Devilsarethebest you are correct in that I’ve also come across many Pens fans who are arrogant and ‘douches’ as you might say. Although, in this case, it would be Rags fan that you are referring to.

    • DED - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I can see that working.

  10. laxman1944 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    No worries Danny, we’ll leave the light on for you.

    – Mr. Snyder

  11. jbell33139 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    “I didnt expect that” – D. Briere

    Thats because you know you aint worth it.

    Briere is a china doll. Falls over when someone skates by and leaves a drift.

    Yeah, he has had a history of coming alive in the playoffs. Its history. Worth nothing when he cant help you to get you there.

  12. yougotgirouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Danny, do us a solid and sign somewhere in the western conference. Im not looking forward to you putting up 3 points next time you see us. But I will def cheer loud at the Wells Fargo when they announce you.

    Bryz on the other hand…Would a battery hurt through a goalies’ protective gear?

  13. 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    NYI would love a #2C of his calibre, and it’s not too far from home. Any argument that can be made for the Devils can be made for the Islanders. Of course, he could throw everyone for a loop and go west, but I just can’t see it, not after all the positive stuff he’s said about Philly being home.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      No, clearly you are not from the area. From S. Jersey to Long Island can be upwards of three hours. Not nearly as close as Newark. But good try.

    • kvashasux - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Absolutely NOT!!! Isles centers next year are Tavares-Nielson-Strome-Cizikas. Also Brock Nelson and Anders Lee are technically centers. We need a solid veteran defensive defenseman (Scuderi) and a #1 goalie (I don’t know who since we didn’t get Bernier)

  14. Stiller43 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    3 hours is much, much closer than phoenix.

    Its all relative.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      But he would have to move therefore eliminating “Philly is my home”. It would be impractical for him to drive that every day. Funny to think that players take this seriously into account when thinking of teams. They’re actually real people too.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Also, if he’s planning on playing pro hockey next year, Phoenix is not an option.

      • stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:41 AM

        You are aware that Newark is upwards of a two hour drive from Philly, without traffic, correct? A lot of time players won’t leave the arena until 10:30-11 at night and then have to be back for practice the next day at 10 or earlier. So four hours of commute every day is out of the question for an NHL player.

        Even if he plays for the Devils, which he won’t because they are not a contender, he would still have to move closer to Newark (another great reason to not play for the Devils).

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        You are aware that 1. He doesn’t live in Philly right now, he lives somewhere in Jersey, which makes it closer. 2. Unless you’re driving like a tank, it takes less than two hours, closer to 1.5 in average traffic. And of course Pens fans think their team is the only contender. This is the NHL, it’s anyone’s Cup.

      • stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        Stop calling me a Pens fan…… I’m a Rangers fan and I don’t want to see the Rangers sign another over the hill reject. Hate to call Briere a reject because he still has some skill, but hes being bought out due to sub par play. Once someone pays you big money to play against them, you’re a reject.

        Also, I’ve driven from the Philly area to Newark many times. Google directions tell you its an hour and a half… but there is always traffic. Always.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        OK, sorry for calling you a Pens fan. I know no one would want to be called one, and i feel for you even though I hate the Rags from the bottom of my heart.

  15. stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675371

    Briere makes it clear that staying close to his kids is only a small part of his consideration. If it comes down to two teams that have about the same thing to offer and one is close and the other isn’t, he’ll take the close one. He’s not however likely to sign with the closest team (the Devils) just to stay close if they don’t meet what he’s looking for.

    So he could end up pretty much anywhere. We just have to wait and see.

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  17. beaver15 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I believe you can talk to UFA July 3rd/4th. NHL gave teams that window

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