The diminutive forward was had great success in Philadelphia, but mainly in the playoffs and only when healthy, two things not in the cards for Briere this year. His wrist injury kept the Canadian from being 100 percent and the lack of postseason play kept the former Buffalo Sabre from showcasing his true skill set.
After the final game of the season, the media was focused on one specific thing: his contract. They peppered Briere with questions about his next move, his future with the Flyers, and what he thinks about being talked about so much lately.
Briere had this to say to CSNPhilly about his future with the club:
“It’s out of my control … that’s not something that I’ve been approached with. I’ve said it all along, my family’s here, my kids are here. This is my first choice, this is where I want to be. But I understand it’s a business, so we’ll see happens with that.
About the rumor mill and his name’s attachment to it:
“It’s part of the business. It’s not fun, it’s not easy … But I also understand it’s part of the game. With the new CBA, that’s the thing that came out with the buyouts. Unfortunately I could be one of the guys that pays the price for it. I’ve also said before that there’s also so many good things that have happened over the course of my career because of the CBA, that it wouldn’t be right to complain about it.”
The team has all season to decide what to do with their next move, but it looks as if the buyout is the best move for the Flyers’ future, even if it costs them short-term offensive output.
Jesse Seilhan is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Anonymousbeard and add him to your network on Google.