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Potential UFA Target: Danny Briere

Briere is to be bought out, and will hit the UFA market.

Briere is to be bought out, and will hit the UFA market.

While this has not officially happened yet, the rumors are abound that the Flyers have informed Danny Briere that the organization will use one of their two compliance buyouts on the 35-year-old winger and his $6.5 million salary. Not only are the rumors rampant, but Briere himself seems to think he will be bought out as well. Briere is fresh off one of the worst two-year stretches of his career, a stretch where he shot under 10% in both seasons, well below his career average of 14.4%.

Briere is still pretty decent offensively, capable of putting up 15 goals and 50 points, and can play both center and right wing. However, this year was just an atrocious performance for Briere, who posted a 0.9 OGVT and 0.8 DGVT in the lockout-shortened year. While he has never been a defensive stalwart, the 0.9 OGVT is a significant drop from the 7.5 OGVT of last season. The big decision here is determining whether or not this horrible season –where he shot an abysmal 6.9%– was an off-year or a sign that the 35-year-old has hit a wall.

Looking back at Briere’s metrics, he was a major puck possession driver in the 2009-2010 season, leading all Flyers with a 10.1 RCorsi. However, that appears to be the last season where Briere actually posted a positive RCorsi, despite being used in favorable situations (Corsi Rel QoC always under 0.3, always over 50% OZone starts). In 2010-2011 his RCorsi was -0.3, 2011-2012 was -3.1, and this 2013 season was -1.8, all with minimal variation in his Corsi Rel QoC and OZone start percentages.

On the scoreboard, Briere still managed to post 50 point seasons despite his declining puck possession ability, but it wasn’t until the past two seasons where we saw his goal totals take a big hit, dropping from 34 in 2010-2011 to just 6 in 34 games this season (16 in the 2011-2012 campaign).

Briere’s name is going to be brought up many times when the Flyers officially buy him out, but this is a classic case of buyer beware. Briere has a name value, but he has been declining in all major categories over the past three seasons. Briere isn’t just on the wrong side of 30, he’s on the wrong side of 35 as well. There are better top-six options available for the Rangers, even if he does come at a likely discounted price.

16 Responses to “Potential UFA Target: Danny Briere”

  1. Walt says:

    For the right amount of money, he would be a nice find! The man always elevates his game in the play-offs, and could be a good short term stop gap players. One year, at $1 to $1.5 mil would be all I’d offer, because he is in his 35, and small!

  2. Spozo says:

    I think he should be considered. He would add to the top six talent.

    I still say they need to address the center position. If BR is bought (im not saying he shouldnt be) out they get awfully thin down the middle. Realistically I don’t seem team as a Stanley cup contender with Stepan, Brassard, and Boyle the top 3 centers.

  3. Randy says:

    I’d stay away from him. The last thing I want to see happen this offseason is for the Rangers to fall into the past and sign a 35+ year old washed up top 6 forward like they are notorious for. I also am not a big fan of Briere…he looks like a girl, plays like a girl, and doesn’t score goals anymore. He would just be another underachieving veteran who gets demoted from the top 6 after half of the season, and takes up space for guys like
    Zuccarello or Brassard to excel.

  4. Joe says:

    WOW what a mistake this would be, of epic proportions. If the Rangers ever contemplate this, maybe they can get Drury, Redden, and Marcel Dionne back too! This is not the direction the team should be going! Dave I’m not happy you even wrote about this!

  5. Pete says:

    Abso-freakin-lutley not. I understand the obligatory post but the only way I see the team making a signing like this is out of desperation and I really hope it doesn’t get to that….

  6. Jim says:

    Nathan Horton or Damien Brunner would be far better fits.

    I’ve always liked Danny Briere, but he’s a high risk, modest reward pick-up as I see it. Remember Chris Drury?

  7. mm29 says:

    Hello, I’m the Blue Seat Blogs and I have a negative outlook on everything from coaching changes to UFA’s and I think we should have just kept everything the same from the last two Stanley Cup-less seasons. Enjoy reading!

    • Dave says:

      Clearly you’re new here. We actually get criticized or being too optimistic and “drinking the Rangers kool-aid.”

      And because we didn’t like the coaching change, and don’t want Briere, we have a negative outlook on everything? I’m confused. Please explain your logic.

      • VinceR says:

        This guy is unreal, all I heard about BSB for months was that you guys wore the rose-colored glasses. Now you are nothing but negative? Yup, sounds about right :\ NY fans, what can ya say.

  8. Sean says:

    Rangers scrambling to fix problems in the top six by throwing a lot of money at an aging veteran. What could possibly go wrong?

  9. Spozo says:

    Some food for thought

    Out of the three ‘big’ free agent centers who cashed in in 2007 (Briere, Drury, Gomez) who do you think ended up being the best buy? Who was the biggest bust?

    I will always group these three guys together since they were centers who all cashed in on huge front loaded contracts in the same year. I remember the hype surrounding free agency that year as the skill at center that was available was supposedly unheard of. Now it looks like all 3 will become victims (or winner$).

  10. HARLEMBLUES says:

    NO.

  11. george says:

    He could be a great bottom 6 option who could play on the PP