Everyone knew that there would be a lot of high-priced players that could become available this offseason in the NHL with the new amnesty buyout rule. The first of those players is about to become available as ESPN is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers will be buying out the last two years of Danny Briere’s contract.
That leaves me to think of a team right away who could use Briere next season: the St. Louis Blues.
I know that Briere isn’t a top-line center anymore at 35-years old, but he can still be a player that is put on a team’s second or third line who can be productive. He will be getting most of his money for the Flyers anyway, so why not take a chance on him? St. Louis appears set with their top two centers in David Backes and Patrik Berglund, but Andy McDonald just retired, which leaves a hole.
I don’t think they are going to have to pay Briere a ton of money either. Philadelphia has to pay him $3.3 million and if St. Louis can find the money to offer Briere a two-year deal worth $5 million, it is worth trying for.
The Blues appear to be a team that can make some major noise in the next few seasons behind players like Berglund and Chris Stewart. Why not bring in a veteran leader who can score some big goals and takes them to the next level? It is yet another interesting choice for the Blues to consider.