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Player Preview: Danny Briere

The Philadelphia Flyers have a few players on their roster who are born leaders on the ice and in the locker room.

Daniel Briere is one of those players.

The 34 year-old has been that type of player throughout his career. In 2004, he was the captain of the Buffalo Sabres. During his time with the Flyers, he has been one of the most vocal guys in the locker room. He may even be wearing the “C” come next season.

So, coming off a 16 goal, 33 assist 2011-2012 campaign, where injuries were also an issue, what does next season have in store for the veteran winger?

Age is certainly creeping up on the Flyers winger, however I don’t feel that it will be an issue. Briere is incredibly talented and will still manage to produce numbers. Especially on an offense as deep and versatile as the Flyers. He will most likely be playing alongside young Sean Couturier. This is good news because the two have chemistry after living together in Briere’s home for quite some time.

While I don’t see Briere putting up huge numbers next season, I do see him still managing around 50-60 points. But what he will do for the Flyers is much more than scoring. His veteran leadership is so crucial to the team’s morale, especially since they have a knack for starting games slow. Briere will rally the team and is not afraid to speak up. But, the aspect of Briere’s game that is most important and noticeable; the playoffs.

Danny Briere is so good during the postseason that he has his own nickname. “Mr Playoffs” has 109 points in 108 playoff games. He is arguably one of the best playoff scorers in NHL history. The Flyers will (and let’s make this perfectly clear) make the playoffs next season. And when that time comes, expect Briere’s game to be at a completely different level than the regular season. He will maintain that clutch gene and will be the most important player on the team, along with Claude Giroux.

Danny B has always been my favorite player in hockey. That is why I am confident that he will have a much better season than last year. As long as he can avoid the injury bug, Briere will continue to be a key component to the Flyers success. Playing with some very talented offensive guys, expect to see the beloved fist-pump in full effect come next season.


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