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Official Statements on Danny Briere’s Buyout

Jun 20, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT


They can’t make it official until two days after the Stanley Cup Finals, but the Flyers have confirmed they will use a compliance buyout on Danny Briere as anticipated. After six years in Orange & Black, Briere becomes a free agent on July 5.

The buyout erases the final two years of Briere’s contract, and more importantly his $6.5 million cap hit, which was highest on the team. The move was necessary because the salary cap decreases by 9% this year, down from $70.2 million last season to $64.3M in 2013-14.

Briere will still collect two-thirds of his remaining salary, but because the eight-year, $52 million contract he signed in 2007 was frontloaded, that sum comes out to less than $4 million. The relatively low cost to the team was another reason Briere was an obvious candidate for amnesty.

We’ll have more from the ongoing press conference with Danny and general manager Paul Holmgren. For now, here are their official statements.


“I met with Danny last week and informed him of our decision to use a compliance buyout on his contract,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. “This was a very difficult decision for us to make as Danny has been a very good player for us over the past six years.

“Danny came to our organization as a free agent in July of 2007 and has been a tremendous player, person and role model in all aspects and for that we thank him. We wish him continued success and best wishes in any future endeavors.”


“I just want to say thank you to all the fans and my teammates for the wonderful last six years here,” Briere said. “Also, I want to thank the Flyers organization for treating me so well during my stay here. I will always be grateful to everyone around the team for my time spent as a Flyer.”

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  1. chew - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    …definitely drinking hard tonight.

  2. - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Class act that I really hope can be brought back in the near future in some sort of player development capacity… I’m not sure G or Couter end up with nearly as steep a trajectory without his tutoring both on the ice and at home in their first years (remember he brought them in as roommates).

    Best of luck in LA next year, Danny.

  3. BenE. - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I can see the Blues picking him up now that Andy McDonald retired. They need a center, and Briere’s scoring touch certainly wouldn’t hurt after the Blues finished 17th in the NHL in GPG and put on a dismal offensive performance in the playoffs. They wouldn’t even have to pick him up cheap since they have over $20 million in cap space. That could be an advantage over a more cap-pressed team thinking Briere will sign cheap because of his secondary paycheck from the Flyers.

    Anyway, good luck to Mr. Briere and thanks for playing hard here. His line with Hartnell and Leino in the 2010 playoffs was one for the team history books.

  4. 33 - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    What’s everyone’s top Briere moment?

    • Matt S. - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      They lost the game but when he went through the Boston defense to tie game 1 at 4 late in the third period back in 2010.

    • BenE. - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Hat trick and a fight vs Ottawa last year. The crowd cheered throughout his post-game interview and he was truly touched by it. I think he was mired in a ridiculous slump when he had that game.

    • Lol - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      2 overtime goals (1st waived off) against Devils in game 1 of 2nd round in 2012. I blacked out after that and refuse to listen to how that series ended.

  5. OneManWolfpack - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Gotta be scoring the shootout goal against the Rangers helping the Flyers make the playoffs and then go on the run to the Finals. Good stuff.

  6. lynhanddave - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Thanks for the great years, Danny!

  7. GMart - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    In his very first game with the Flyers against Calgary. He scored the opening goal and the game winner, and in one of them he split the defensemen with a killer move and made Kiprusoff look like a fool on the score. Cemented his worth to me from the very first game. I’ll always cheer for him when he’s in town.


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