NHL Free Agency 2013 : Garth Snow’s Shopping List Part I

By Andy Graziano
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Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Daniel Briere, Center / Right Wing

2013 Club : Philadelphia Flyers

2013 Salary: USD 7,000,000

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 179 lbs

Age: 35

Stats: 34 GP, 6-10-16, -13, 34:08 PROD, 16:04 TOI

A late addition to my list, Briere was just officially told by the Philadelphia Flyers that he would indeed be bought out of his current contract making him an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

An expected move by most in the hockey media puts an extremely talented and productive forward on the market for open bidding. Briere has played larger than his size would suggest, racking up 286 goals and 659 points in 847 career games spanning 15 seasons.

Throw in the fact that 36% of his career goals have come on the power play and you could easily see how he could fit on Tavares’ wing. Can he re-light the chemistry that line found when P.A Parenteau was a member of it? Briere and P.A seem to have a lot of common ground within their skill set. And how cool would it be after the Flyers signing of Streit to go ahead and take an ex-Flyer to the Island? If you think of it as a trade, its one that most Islanders fans would make in a heartbeat.

The question marks surrounding Briere are age (any contract he signs would be a 35+ deal, putting the Isles on the hook regardless of retirement, injury, etc.) and his most recent rash of injuries. Daniel played 98% of his games over the first 6 years of his career before missing a large chunk of 2008-09 (53 games missed). He bounced back nicely the subsequent two seasons to play 75 and 77 games before falling victim again in 2011-12 (missed 12 games) and 2012-13 (missed 14 games). While his most recent maladies are not necessarily lineup killing (such as a half-year or season ending injury history) they could point to a future trend as the game begins to take its toll on his 35 year old body.

Projected armchair GM offer : 2 years, 10mm

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