NHL Trade Speculation: Time for the Philadelphia Flyers to Trade Danny Briere?
Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere has been quietly having a nice season. He's registered 10 goals and 15 assists in 31 games, and he's a plus-four.
Every year, Danny Briere seems to turn it up another notch when the playoffs roll around, and he's been a key to their success in the playoffs. While Danny has been stellar with the Flyers since signing with them, I can't help but wonder if it's time to ship him on his way.
Now, don't get me wrong. I personally love Danny Briere, and he's been one of my favorite players on the roster. That said, the Flyers have an overabundance of scoring talent, and Briere's annual $6.5 million paycheck is taking up a big chunk of cap space. Eventually, the Flyers will have to cut salary if they plan on signing some of their rookies to long-term deals.
I don't think the Flyers will part with him unless they get an offer they simply cannot refuse. That isn't necessarily a far-fetched idea, however, as there are multiple teams who are in dire need of some scoring and playoff experience. Danny Briere fits the bill perfectly, especially with both of his former teams, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres.
While it's all fun and well to think about, it could be hard to move Danny, even if the Flyers did get a mind-blowing offer. Briere has a no-trade clause in his contract, which allows him to choose whether or not he'd like to go to certain teams. I'm sure Briere wouldn't want to go somewhere that doesn't have playoff hopes, so the teams get narrowed down a bit.
It may be wise for the Philadelphia Flyers to trade him while he still has significant value. He could certainly fetch the Flyers a great return, maybe even a defenseman to help the Flyers' blue line, who have certainly felt the loss of their star defenseman, Chris Pronger.
Is it time for the Flyers to trade Briere while he still has value?
It seems as though Danny likes it here in Philadelphia, so he'd most likely have to be "wooed" to pack up and go elsewhere. A team like the Blackhawks or Red Wings might sound intriguing to him, but it remains to be seen whether or not a contender is even willing to add a guy like him at this point.
For now, it seems as though the Flyers will hold onto Danny Briere and utilize him for his beast-like playoff experience, but at the same time, I wouldn't be totally shocked to see him moved, especially in a deal that would bring in a quality defenseman like Keith Yandle or Shea Weber.
Do you think it's time for Danny Briere to hit the road? Or do you think he'll be a Flyer for years to come?
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