Whenever a rumor pops up about the Philadelphia Flyers trading Danny Briere the first thing you will hear is something along the lines of “He’s great in the playoffs! We can’t get rid of him!”. In reality is Briere really worth keeping around for that great playoff point total? Does the fact that he’s a veteran that has great leadership make a difference either?
Briere has 109 points in 108 playoff games. Those are very impressive stats in some of the hardest games to play hockey. He shows clutch abilities and is always ready to play when that time of year comes around. In fact, Briere has always been a clutch playoff performer. He has served as captain during his tenure with the Sabres, and has been an alternate captain with most of his tenure with the Flyers. It’s no secret that he knows the game and can help lead a team.
Is his playoff performance and leadership really worth his $6.5 million cap hit that puts the team into a bad position with the salary cap dropping next year? The answer is no. He’s 35, a defensive liability, takes a lot of bad penalties, and most of all, his regular season numbers just don’t merit that contract.
With the Flyers bringing in Simon Gagne, this trade makes more sense than ever. Gagne will put up good point totals and bring veteran leadership to the locker room just like Briere, but at a lower price. The Flyers could use a defenseman, and Briere can help them acquire one.
One name that has been popping up everywhere is St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk is having a great season and has been considered as many to be a possible Norris Trophy finalist. If Briere will waive his no-trade clause and you can move him with a pick and a prospect to land Shattenkirk, it has to be done.
Briere is a great asset to the team. He is a great player and will most likely want to stay in Philly to finish out his career. He loves the city, team, and fans. A trade,, however, would help the team in the long run, and make them cup contenders within the next couple years. It allows them to get younger and more talented. If the opportunity does arise, Paul Holmgren, make the trade.