Dec 7, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere (48) before a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Briere Coming Back To Finish Career?


A recent discussion with two of my fellow puckhead friends, Andrew and Alex, we have decided to throw out the word “Rebuild.” Instead, lets replace that word with a more suitable, something along the lines of…..”Reload.”

For a rebuild, which is kind of what is going on, you need to get rid of a majority of your older players and get draft picks or up-and-coming prospects to build a team for the far future. The Sabres should be looking to fire off some of their players to get new ones who can play, not who will grow to play.

Almost like shooting rounds in a gun to put brand new ammo in, the team should go for major trades and signings.

Merely speculation on my part. But honestly why not? Daniel Briere stepped up big for us back in his tenure, earning the C on his sweater and playing his very best to get us to the hockey’s holy grail. Although he never saw the SCF with Buffalo, I think Briere was one of the best players we have ever had.

After six seasons of play, the Philadelphia Flyers are deciding to buy-out Briere and releasing him.

So, in my opinion, I think we should campaign to bring Danny back!

The great thing about this is, we won’t have to trade for him, all we need is the right price and offering for him to agree to come back to the 716.

Now I realize that he left a bitter taste in many Sabres fans mouths when he left, but you do have to realize that they just weren’t on the page contractually, under the Tom Golisano-era Sabres. Now with Terry Pegula heading the charge, who is to say he wont give Briere the contract he deserves.

You hear it all the time, players going back to a team they once played for to go out with a bang, at 35 years old, why wouldn’t Briere give it one last shot with the Blue and Gold?

Daniel was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Chris Gratton and two draft picks in the 2002-2003.

In his four-year Buffalo career, he scored a total of 92 goals and 138 assists in 225 games with the franchise.Over the last six seasons with the Flyers, Briere has scored 124 goals and 159 assists in 364 games.

Still looking at how consistent he has been regardless of his age, he still does seem to have a spark to his game, and he is tearing up the playoffs.

In 68 postseason games, Briere has scored 37 goals and 35 assists, which in comparison to this time frame, from 2008-2013, he has scored more goals than the Buffalo Sabres have since then.

Briere was an excellent player and a great leader on and off the ice, if he is looking to continue his career, he should look no further than the Queen city to return to.

By adding him to the mix, even though it doesn’t solve the defensive problem, it does add a offensive spark that Buffalo has lost and has been looking for as well.

As of 48 hours after the end of the Stanley Cup Final, Briere will be on the market, so at the 47th hour, Buffalo should be blowing up his agents phone with offers.

Now to see if we can get Chris Drury out of retirement.

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  • wolfdoctor

    Since the Sabres aren’t going anywhere for 3 years, why deprive a young player of ice time by signing Briere?

    • Robert Patrick Moscato

      Why sign Briere?? because you need more than one veteran in a position of leadership.

      • wolfdoctor

        He’s a 35 year old with back and concussion problems. You don’t rebuild with guys like that.

        • Kevin

          Not only that, the Sabres are trying to get bigger, especially at the center position. I think bringing him back would only aim to please some fans and fill some seats. can you say “Media Hype” or “overpaid”

    • Sean McGrath

      Why not? He has so much to offer, and if we pick up the right pieces to fill what we need and make the playoffs, then we unleash Leino and Briere on the opponents and we take two proven playoff explosive players. The result is still a tossup but i feel stronger about that,

      • wolfdoctor

        Why not? I just said you’d be depriving a young player of valuable ice time.

  • Robert Patrick Moscato

    Even if the Sabres Sign #48 I want to see Steve Ott as Captain. Hopefully Ott will remian a Sabre much longer than Briere.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I second that motion! Ott has been worth every cent we pay him, and then some.

      • Sean McGrath

        I agree with that completely! Bringing in the veteran aspect of Briere to compliment the leadership that Ott has shown us, we would definitely see a great leadership core among the team.

  • Patrick Helper

    Signing Briere would not only help the kids learn, it would help with the fans. Most fans never wanted to see 48 go, and if this owner ship can bring him back why not go for it. He most likely has 2 or 3 years left, and would make a great “A”.

  • Timothy Redinger

    Too many variables. 1 – Does Briere even want to come back to Buffalo? 2 – Is he going to want to be the “man” again and take the spotlight, or will he take a lesser role as far as ice time is concerned and be the mentor that we need him to be.
    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Briere back – and it would more to the Paille argument that is being had that role players and third and fourth line players get better when the first and second lines are good.

    • Sean McGrath

      Personally i believe that if we brought Briere back it would be a win-win, he does serve as a mentor to the younger players, as well as being a contributor on and off the ice

  • davidmuscalo

    It would be a poor business move to bring back the oft-injured Briere. I am sure he would like to come back (at least that is what he has said) and perhaps he should return as a coach, but not as a player.

  • qwksndmonster

    Why would Briere rather spend the twilight of his career with a rebuilding Buffalo squad than trying to get a cup? Why would this move make sense for the Sabres? Our top 3 centers would be Hodgson, Briere, and Grigorenko. With no checking line center the Sabres will continue to be murdered at center ice. Did you see the Canes games when Ennis was lining up against Eric Staal? Yeesh.

    On top of all of this, it would just feel like backpedaling and trying to make amends for July 1st, 2007. Weak.

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