Danny Briere had his day in Buffalo – and for two magical seasons, he was a stud – the limelight, and the center of attention for the Buffalo Sabres.
Danny Briere and Chris Drury were the embodiment of the Buffalo Sabres roster – the heart and soul of the post lockout Buffalo team.
Then in one fell swoop we lost both guys, one to the New York Rangers, and one to the hated Philadelphia Flyers.
With his contract bought out by the same Flyers, there were rumors that the Buffalo Sabres were back in on the Briere conversation, and many fans wanting to go back down that road.
Truth be told, I am done with Danny Briere. I am not interested in seeing him in a Buffalo Sabres uniform. I don’t harbor any hard feelings against him personally – he did what any free agent dealing with the Buffalo Sabres would do, he got the hell out as quickly as possible.
I am not interested in going back down the Danny Briere road, because it represents a failure of this organization – the failure to keep key players, star players in a blue and gold uniform. It highlighted problems in the teams, we don’t negotiate during the season mott.
Sure, Mike Grier left when the ship was sinking, and then came back a couple of years later, signalling that someone had fixed something somewhere.
Going Danny Briere 2.0 doesn’t help the Buffalo Sabres, unless Danny Briere signs for 2-3 years, and then resigns here for another 2-3 years. We aren’t going to get an apology of out Danny Briere for what happened six summers ago, and I don’t think that he necessarily needs to give the city, the team, or the fans one. Maybe his resigning would be apology enough for some. Maybe there is some good to have number 48 skating on the Buffalo ice once again. At this point, I’ll pass in favor of a younger kid getting the ice time.