The speculation on who the Philadelphia Flyers will use their compliance buyout on can come to an end. For now.
The Flyers have denied Bryzgalov’s buyout, but it has been reported that veteran forward Danny Briere‘s contract will be bought out. The Flyers have just been mum on announcing that they plan to buy out Briere since they cannot actually buy out any contract until after the Stanley Cup Final is completed. However, according to multiple reports, Briere has already been notified that he will no longer be a Flyer.
Briere’s name has come up multiple times when the buyout option has been discussed, so it should not be a surprise that the team is going to act on it. Due to the salary cap, the Flyers didn’t really have much of a choice but to buy out Briere’s contract. His contract buyout essentially guarantees the previous reports that the Flyers are going to sign Mark Streit for that 4-year contract at $5.25 million a year.
The team’s overall lack of heart this season and Briere’s struggles may also have been a key factor to deciding on buying him out. Briere is getting older, so age was definitely a factor for him this season, but what the Flyers will miss with him off the roster is the playoff prowess he brought to them. He definitely has some skates to fill, and other players on the team will definitely need to step up next season to fill them.
Even though Briere seemed inefficient this season, it is still sad to see him go. Briere has been one of the staples for the franchise for a long time and everyone only has nice things to say about him. He always was polite and cooperative with the media and he always stopped for fans. He’s a good guy, which is why he is beloved in Philadelphia, and most fans will wish nothing but the best for him wherever his career takes him next.