The New York Rangers will be transitioning from a defensive oriented team to a run and gun offensive team next season. They will need a little more depth on their third line in order to really contend next season. Their most bitter rival might have just given them the piece to make their third line more lethal.
Reports are coming out that the Philadelphia Flyers are about to buy out Danny Briere. He had a tumultuous season with the Flyers in 2013. He started off slow and then got injured and missed most of the season. With the Flyers having so many other needs it was clear they needed to free up cap space. Briere was an obvious target because of his large contract.
Briere is a 35-year-old center who is known for his sniping ability. He is a veteran who has played on many great teams and has played in a lot of playoff games. When the Flyers made their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, Briere led all players in playoff scoring with 30 points. He is known to have a flare for the dramatic, especially in the playoffs. Briere has 286 career goals and 659 total points in 847 games played.
Briere is definitely not the same player he was, but he is still very capable. He is also versatile. He could play either wing or center. He could also help some of the young talent the Rangers have on the roster. The Rangers should have enough cap room to pursue Briere after signing the restricted free agents they need to get.
One of the biggest problems the Rangers had this season was lack of scoring depth. Signing Briere could help fill that void.