Danny Briere has always been my favorite player in hockey. He isn’t the biggest guy in the world, but backs down from no one. Kind of like me. When the Philadelphia Flyers signed Briere, I was absolutely ecstatic. But now, on June 20, 2013, I am filled with sorrow.
The Flyers have announced the buyout of Briere, which will allow him to become a free agent. Many around the organization fully expected this to happen, but it is difficult to swallow. Briere spent six seasons in Philadelphia, instantly becoming a fan favorite among the orange and black faithful. He was a leader, both on and off the ice, and is one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life. From a statistical standpoint, Briere posted 283 career points in his six seasons with Philadelphia, but was known for his clutch play during the playoffs. During the Flyers 2010 Stanley Cup playoff run, Briere scored 12 goals and tacked on 18 assists for 30 points, a Flyers franchise record. He was clearly one of the key component’s to their success. During his postseason career, Briere sports 109 points in 108 games. When the regular season comes to an end, Briere kicks it into another level.
Briere is very grateful for his time with the Flyers, as he stated in Voorhees, NJ.
“The last six years have been amazing,” Briere said. “I think the message [I wish to send] is a huge thank you to the organization, the fans and all the teammates I’ve had over the years. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m very grateful for that. Thanks to everyone that had a hand in my career so far.”
With the move, Briere now becomes a free agent. It certainly won’t take long for a club to scoop this guy up. Any team would be lucky to have a veteran player with such class. Where he goes next remains unclear, but one thing is for sure. The city of Philadelphia appreciates his time and will miss him dearly.
Stick tap to you, Danny Briere.