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Briere: Philadelphia Is Home

Jun 20, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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Tough day for Flyers fans. Amnestying Danny Briere’s contract is something that everybody saw coming, and frankly it had to be done. Yet he gave the franchise so many memorable moments during his six seasons in Orange & Black – 192 of his trademark fist pumps in regular season and playoffs combined to be exact – and he wanted to stay here so much, there’s no getting around how sad it is to see him go.

At least in one sense, Briere isn’t going anywhere. The two-time All Star spoke to the media about the impending buyout at the Flyers Skate Zone in Vorhees, NJ on Thursday, and while he intends to play in the NHL for another two or three years at minimum, Philadelphia will always remain his home.

You’ve been so entrenched in this community – will you continue to keep a home here?

Yes.  Like I said, this is my home.  Wherever I’m going to end up, the kids are staying here and I’m coming back here. This is my home – this is what we consider home now.

Briere also praised the organization for their handling of the otherwise difficult news, and reminisced about his favorite memories as a Flyer.

When were you informed?

Last week.  That’s why I have so much respect for the Flyers organization – Mr. Holmgren, Mr. Luukko, Mr. Snider and everybody that works in the Flyers organization.  They were respectful the whole time.  It wasn’t an easy thing for them either, meeting with me and having to break the news.  But they did it with a lot of class.  I’ll always be grateful for that and also my time here as a Flyer.

Is there something that stands out as the best moment in your Flyers career?

There’s a lot of good times.  The first five years here were amazing.  Obviously last year, not making the playoffs was a tough year – the lockout, the short season.  That was the tough one.  But before that, the previous five, there were a lot of good memories.  The one that I think stands out the most was the [2010] playoff run – making the playoffs on the last regular season game, on a shootout, and going on that run all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.  That’s definitely probably the best little stretch of my time here.

>> Full transcript [Flyers.com]

  1. Guest - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Maybe some one can fill me in, but why did they have to get rid of Danny? He loved it here and we loved him. Does it have something to do with the cap? It seems we’re letting another Philly athlete go who loves the city like we love him. Don’t understand it.

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    • Matt S. - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      He’s making over 7 mil, we’re in cap hell, his production has drastically fallen off, and it’s not like he’s at the age where he can still get better. Don’t get me wrong I loved the guy but this was the right move. At the end f the day the NHL like every other league is a business.

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    • shyduck - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Cap hit. He’s a $6.5M hit each of the next two seasons, and this next upcoming offseason is going to be critical for UFA/ RFA signings, including Giroux and Couturier among others.

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  2. Mike - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Meanwhile, Bryzgalov…

    … eh, I don’t even need to finish that sentence.

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    • shyduck - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      They have to find an adequate replacement first.

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      • Mike - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        http://www.hockeyshot.com/v/vspfiles/templates/hockey/assets/images/articles/ultimate-goalie.jpg

  3. Jay D - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    soooo danny….why dont you take a massive paycut then if you love it here so much…?

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    • BenE. - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Teams using an amnesty on a player can’t resign him for one year.

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  4. Jay D - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    ahhh….was not aware of that. makes sense

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    • BenE. - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Understandable, it’s a caveat that’s easily overlooked. That’s why teams aren’t scrambling over each other to buyout players. They may not like the cap hit, but really like the player.

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