Danny Briere knows he’s likely facing a buyout

After this evening’s game against the Ottawa Senators, Danny Briere, who remains out of the lineup following a concussion, has eight more games left in the season.

Briere “pushed” things today at the morning skate, he said, and needs to see how he’s feeling on Friday. If he has no symptoms – he hasn’t had any for about four days – then he’ll play Saturday in Buffalo.

Briere is likely down to his final eight games as a Flyer. He’s an obvious option for an amnesty buyout this summer with two years left on his deal at a team-high $6.5 million cap hit.

The buyout would cost the Flyers $3.3 million, or two-thirds of what he is owed, which is $5 million after this season.

Briere’s deal, signed in 2007 as a free agent, was eight years, $52 million.

He 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.”

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13 Responses to Danny Briere knows he’s likely facing a buyout

  1. leafmeister says:

    I would give him a shot in T.O. Let some poor sap over pay Bozak.

    JVR – Briere – Kessel
    Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin

    Not a bad top 6. Briere isn’t what he used to be, but he is still good for 60-70 points in an offensive role. Especially playing with Kessel. If it is a short term deal then I’d go for it no question.

    • reinjosh says:

      I’d give him a shot as long as the deal was short term. Is he going to want that at 35?

      Age and contract aside, he’d be a pretty decent fit. Add some veteran experience, a true top 6 center (Bozak is sort of winning me over on himself, but not as a top line guy)and he’s a killer playoff guy. He’s not a big guy but with Lupul/JVR/Kulemin I’m thinking that’s less of a need than it was before.

      Good backup option if we can’t get someone younger for that spot.

    • mojo19 says:

      Definitely. Would love to have Briere in the fold. He’s a playoff stud.

    • leafy says:

      And bring back Kyle Wellwood and have two baby faced players on the same line.

      But seriously, although Briere is clearly the better player, Bozak is Kessel’s buddy.

      If the Leafs let Bozak walk, would it hurt their chances of resigning Kessel?

  2. leafmeister says:

    So, about that ‘goaltending advantage’ the Habs supposedly had….

    • leafy says:

      Told you Leifmeister. Now Price is a much better goalie that he showed Saturday, but I don’t buy into the popular thinking that the Habs have an edge in goal.

      Just playoff experience, that’s it. And even that, Price has won what? One playoff series? It’s not like we’re talking about Billy Smith or Martin Brodeur.

      So Price is slightly ahead in GAA, but Reimer is ahead in save pct.

      Also, as mentioned, one needs to remember that Leaf goalies face an average of 5 shots per game more than Habs goalies…dramatically more rubber during the course of a season…a testament to how good Reimer has been.

  3. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Kobe tears his Achilles and Carey Price becomes addicted to the goal light at the ACC? You gotta love sports.

  4. Gambo says:

    I just can’t get over how stupid the Erat for Forsberg trade is. Hopefully Forsberg lights it up tonight. Nashville got more for Erat than CGY got for Iggy. I would have loved it if the leafs could of had both Rielly and Forsberg.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      It should be pointed out that Washington is 6-0 since that trade. While they gave up a huge prospect they also got a top 6 forward to play now.

      • He also has 1 shot in 3 games while being a -2 and zero points registered with this new team. Of course, now that I’ve said that he’ll be sure to light it up.

        • mojo19 says:

          Filip Forsberg… There’s something funny about that guy. He dropped dramatically in the draft, and then he’s traded before he even plays a game. Could turn into some kind of bust, who knows.

          On the other hand, could be a big steal for Nashville. Time will tell. If Washington wins the Cup this year with the help of Erat they won’t be complaining.

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