Danny Briere may be playing his final game as a Philadelphia Flyer tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
The veteran forward has played six seasons with the Orange and Black, and quickly rose to a fan favorite. Known for his scrappy play around the net, success on the power play and dominance in the postseason—Briere’s time in Philly was warranted. Unfortunately, the last two seasons he’s battled through injuries— missing 12 and 14 games, respectively.
The 35-year-old will have a cap hit of $6.5 million per year and will likely be bought out or traded this offseason. And Briere has been outspoken about enforcing his “non-movement” clause to decline all trades and remain in Philadelphia. Now being bought out is a different story.
It’s likely the team will need to create cap space this offseason to rebuild its defense or sign a scoring forward, and the best method to create more room would be utilizing the amnesty rule on Briere’s bloated contract. According to Capgeek, the Flyers would open approximately $2.1 million in space by buying out his contract.
Recently, Briere expressed his understanding of the business side of the game during an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi.
“Everybody knows I want to stay here,” said Briere, who has two years left on his contract, “but it’s a business and I also understand that part.”…”It’s been fun for me, too. It goes both ways,” Briere said about sharing his home with teammates. “My own kids love it, so it’s been a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
Briere has accomplished much as a Flyer but as the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.” It’s been a pleasure watching him passionately play for the city of Philadelphia, and now—for the benefit of the team—he should graciously ride off into the Philly sunset.