It doesn't seem so bad right now as Briere is in his offensive prime and likely will stay that way for a few more years. But, he's pretty one dimensional, if he's not scoring points he's going to be pretty useless. I don't think anyone will argue his defensive game is strong.
8 year contract with 6.5 million dollars against the cap is crazy for him, because when he's done that contract he'll be almost 38 years old. How many top-line NHL'ers are there who are 38? Even worse is that he's small- and most small guys are a shadow of their self once they lose that step of speed. When Briere is 35, 36, 37 years old… and potting 15 goals a season the Flyers will be fudged.
I'd much rather have Carter on my team than have Briere for that crazy amount. Now Philly has to kiss Carter goodbye- or pay him good $$$ to be their 3rd line center. Terrific.
But like I said, Briere is in his offensive prime now, so it doesn't seem so bad yet. It's the last half of his contract that will hamstring the Flyers.]]>
I think a lot is being made about “overpaying” based on potential. Nobody seems to balk when someone is overpaid even though his best years are behind him. Tons of UFA’s are overpaid, so what is the difference?]]>