In Flyers news that will come as a shock to no one, Danny Briere has been told by Flyers management that he will be bought out per ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. The buyout can be completed as soon as 48 hours after the Stanley Cup has been handed out to either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Boston Bruins. Flyers beat reporter for Comcast Sports Net, Tim Panaccio, has also confirmed the news.
Also, I can confirm ESPN/Pierre Lebrun’s report that Danny Briere has been notified by the Flyers that he will be bought out.
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 18, 2013
The inevitable buyout of Danny Briere has been nothing short of a sure thing since the Flyers season ended. Briere was going to count for $6.5 million dollars against the cap, the most of any Flyer on the roster.
At the age of 35, Briere, who was never a very good defensive player to begin with in my opinion, has only gotten worse as time has passed. Combining his declining offensive skills and his penchant for being a poor defensive forward , this move seems like it can only help the Flyers. And once again, it can’t be stressed enough that the Flyers will be saving $6.5 million dollars next season in which the salary cap will be retreating from $70.3 million to $64.3 million.
While I am looking forward to seeing what the Paul Holmgren and Flyers management do in the offseason after Briere is bought out, it certainly pains me to see him go. My fondest memory of Danny Briere, and I’m sure it will be for most Flyers Fans, will always be how unstoppable he was during the ’09/’10 Stanley Cup Playoff run when we reached the Finals. Briere ended those playoffs by securing the Flyers franchise record for most points scored in the playoffs with 30.
When bought out, Danny Briere will finish his Flyers career with 124 goals, 159 assists, and a plus/minus of -13.