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Posts Tagged Daniel Briere
- Tim Panaccio: Buyouts can’t begin until 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final ends.
- Steve Simmons: Simmons ran into Daniel Briere who told him that he expects to be bought out by the Flyers. He would like to stay. (Briere also said on TSN last night that he could be bought out)
- Tim Panaccio: Panaccio thinks the Flyers will save the second buyout until next summer unless they decide they absolutely need it.
- Dave Lozo: A Brad Richards buyout would cost the Rangers $24 million. If they buy him out next summer, it would cost $9 million in salary and $18 million in buyout. Keeping him one more year costs $3 million.
- Benoit Rioux of journaldemontreal.com: (h/t to @AlexManno31) Rioux lists his top 10 potential buyouts. 1. Tomas Kaberle (MON) 2. Mike Komisarek (TOR) 3. Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI) 4. Keith Ballard (VAN) 5. Brad Richards (NYR) 6. Daniel Briere (PHI) 7. Anton Volchenkov (NJ) 8. Rick DiPietro (NYI) 9. Dany Heatley (MIN) 10. Vincent Lecavalier (TB).
Morning Hits: Briere, Smith, Bryzgalov, Elias, Iginla, Laviolette, Byfuglien, Whitney and the Hurricanes
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, he could end up in Montreal.Coyotes Mike Smith is looking for $6 million a year and has refused to sign a deal with the Coyotes.
Smith could be an option in Philadelphia if they buyout Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers management is split on buying him out now or waiting to see how he does next year, and if it’s not good, then buy him out next spring.
Garrioch has heard there is about a 50/50 chance that Patrick Elias returns to the Devils. The Flyers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Sharks will all be looking for help upfront.
Jarome Iginla signing with the Stars could be a good bet.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said you can expect Peter Laviolette back as the Flyers coach next season. They will keep the same system in place, and there won’t be an overhaul of players.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has said that Ilya Bryzgalov’s eccentric personality isn’t a problem. Forward Daniel Briere understands the situation. If the Flyers buy him out, it would cost them $3.3 million over four years.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless thinks that Jets Dustin Byfuglien needs to “either commit to excellence or be traded.”
- Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers UFA defenseman Ryan Whitney thinks it’s probably in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else next season.
“I think I can still play, I’ve proven that I can,” Whitney said. “Obviously there were some games where I didn’t play well, but there were a stretch of games where I thought I did play well. It’s been a tough couple of years here, I’m just kind of looking forward to a fresh start.”
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu will have hip surgery. GM Jim Rutherford likes his core group, but there will be some new faces next year. They have to decide on their UFAs: Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dan Ellis. Their blue line will be a priority for Rutherford.
Flyers Notes: To buyout Bryzgalov or not, Daily evaluation, Briere could be playing last Flyers home game tonight
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: 5 reasons to let Ilya Bryzgalov go:
1. The goalie’s zany personality can be a distraction to his teammates. To restore order, buy him out and use his annual cap hit ($5.7 million) to sign/acquire a quality winger or puck-moving defenseman.
2. The buyout is expensive, but it can be spread over 14 years (twice the remaining length of his contract). If you average it out, it’s $1.6 million per year.
3. Cutting ties with Bryzgalov would send a confidence-building message to Mason: You are our guy.
4. In his brief time here, Mason seems to have developed a quick rapport with goalie coach Jeff Reese, who has tweaked the goalie’s game by moving him back in the crease to utilize his 6-foot-4 frame. Mason seems to exude confidence.
5. Even though he has already played five seasons, Mason is just 24. Goalies have been known to bloom later in their careers. (See Parent, Bernard). In addition, Mason is more athletic than Bryzgalov, better at steering a puck to a teammate to start a rush, and better at stopping breakaways.
5 reasons to keep Bryzgalov:
1. By having Bryzgalov and Mason, the goalies would push each other in an attempt to win the starting job.
2. A more-than-capable backup would be waiting in the wings in case of an injury to the starter.
3. Money. To buy out Bryzgalov, the Flyers would have to pay him $23 million – two-thirds of the remaining seven years ($34.5 million) on his contract.
4. Teams are allowed a total of two buyouts over the next two offseasons. If Mason wins the job and regains his rookie-of-the-year form from 2008-09, the Flyers can always buy out Bryzgalov next year. If Mason struggles, then Bryzgalov is an attractive option.
5. Keeping Bryzgalov would be a reward of sorts for his workhorse season. He is not the reason the Flyers have failed to make the playoffs.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren:
“It’s the evaluation process you go through this time of year whether you’re in the playoff race or not, it’s a daily thing,” Holmgren said. “Once the season ends, you have conversations with everybody. Even when you’re in the playoffs, you’re talking to other teams about what they might be looking to do in the summertime. You’re busy with your amateur guys preparing your draft list. It doesn’t stop.”
Injuries took their toll on the blue line, but allowed for the development of guys like Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson. There really isn’t an urgency to buyout Bryzgalov, and if they are going to buy him out, it may be better to wait until the end of next year.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Daniel Briere may be playing his last home game in Flyers uniform tonight. He is expected to be bought out or traded this offseason due to his $6.5 million salary cap hit.
“I’m not thinking about that….Things change fast in the hockey world,” the always-classy Briere said after Wednesday’s practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. “For me, it’s just another game. Nobody knows what’s going to happen. I can’t start thinking about all those rumors. It’s just like at the trade deadline. If you start getting into that trap, it gets you off your game.”
“Everybody knows I want to stay here,” said Briere, who has two years left on his contract, “but it’s a business and I also understand that part.”
Morning Hits: B’s and Pens, UFAs Smith and Clarkson, Dubinsky, Forensic investigation, Flyers buyout and Brodeur starts
- Pierre LeBrun: NHL announces that the Bruins-Penguins game will definitely be played today at 12:30.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Coyotes uncertainty will play a role in where UFA Mike Smith will end up. He might be interested remaining in Phoenix, but what if they end up relocating somewhere else? A comparable for Smith could be Jimmy Howard, around $5.3 million.
“From February of last year and through the playoffs, Mike was as good as any goaltender in the league,” said Maloney, one of the NHL’s sharpest minds. “This year, not quite so good. We’re not a cap team and we have to be careful when we’re talking a contract with a five or six in term. We can’t make a mistake.
“You look at the top goalies, the Lundqvists of the world … They’ve done it for three, four, five years in a row and they’ve attained a certain level.
“The long and short of it is Mike is a terrific talent, and if you take a snapshot of what he did last season with what he’s done in his career … we have some, I wouldn’t say uncertainty, but there is a bit of caution there.”
- Daren Millard: Ken Daneyko said that the Devils probably can’t afford to pay UFA David Clarkson $5 to $5.5 million a season. They might have to let him walk.
- Aarpn Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The NHL has rescinded the match penalty that was assessed to Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky at the end of Thursday’s game.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk won’t talk about the forensic investigation involving the incident where Matt Cooke sliced Erik Karlsson’s Achillies tendon.
“Look, it’s got nothing to do with settling down,” said Melnyk. “I’ve committed to not say anything about it until we’ve completed everything we need to do, and speak to the league about it.
“I’ll do anything I have to do to protect my players. It’s as simple as that, and that’s exactly what I’m doing there, and after that I can’t really comment.
“It’ll take a couple of months before anything really comes out.”
- Sasm Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News: Donnellon wonders if the Flyers should use an amnesty buyout on Daniel Briere or Ilya Bryzgalov. Briere is due $5 million total over the next two years, but carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit. Briere wants to stay in Philadelphia, Bryzgalov doesn’t seem to care. The 33-year old is under contract till he’s 40. The Flyers have Steve Mason under contract next season at $1.5 million.
- Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils against the Panthers.
Morning Hits: 6 outdoor games, Oilers rumors, Sakic, Sabres, Briere, Datsyuk, Olympics and Laganiere
- TSN: The NHL is planning on having 6 outdoor games next season. Things could change and details still need to be worked out, but the proposed dates and teams are:
Jan. 1st – Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium
Jan. 25th – Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium
Jan. 26th – Devils and Rangers at Yankee Stadium
Jan. 29th – Islanders and Rangers at Yankee Stadium
March 1st – Penguins and Blackhawks at Soldier Field
March 2nd – Senators and Canucks BC Place
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers could have a different look next season.
“I’m an impatient guy and I bring that impatience to this situation. We’re at the stage… that we have to do some bold things,” Craig MacTavish said at Monday’s news conference introducing him as the Oilers’ new GM. “We have to expose ourselves to some semblance of risk to try and move the team forward in a rapid fashion. We’ve got a lot of primary pieces here, but we’ve got to add some depth to help these young players.
“We’ve got to add competitiveness. I think we lack a true understanding of just how difficult it is to have success at this level.”
The Oilers will go after defenseman Mark Streit if he hits the open market, but so will many other teams. There will be Ales Hemsky rumors. They could look at moving either Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov. They would like to re-sign RFA Gagner. The Oilers could let teams talk to Gagner to see if a deal could be worked out, then talk to the team about a trade. Friedman thinks the Oilers would listen to a “massive offer” for Yakupov.
Friedman thinks that the Avalanche have talked to Joe Sakic about an increased role with the team, but decided that he wasn’t ready. He wants to sure that he’s ready and he still wants to be around his family, he has three kids.
Sabres GM Darcy Regier said he wasn’t close to trading either Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek at the deadline as “the value wasn’t there.” Both will be UFAs after next season, and if an extension can’t be worked out, they’ll be dealt. They’ll meet after the season and see where things go.
Friedman wonders if the Flyers buyout Daniel Briere, would the Sabres bring him back?
Sabres Steve Ott on licking Jeff Halpern’s visor: “I was just [bleeping] with him.”
Friedman spoke with Pavel Datsyuk’s agent who said that he’s talked with GM Ken Holland. Rumors are that Datsyuk will head back to Russia after next season. Sounded like the sides may have have talked about the possibility of a contract extension.
For the 2014 Sochi Olympics, NHL and NHLPA estimate travel cost to be between $4-7 million and insurance cost between $7-10 million.
NHL denied reports that the Maloofs are looking to bring a hockey team to Vegas. They haven’t talked about that in about five years.
- John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal: MacKinnon thinks the Oilers could look at trading defenseman Ladislav Smid and Magnus Paajarvi before dangling Sam Gagner.
- Bob McKenzie: The Senators-Bruins has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 28th. The 27th was the previous last day of the schedule.
- Bob McKenzie: College free agent Antoine Laganiere has signed with the Ducks.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Bill Hoppe: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers broke his leg Thursday night and is out for the season.
- Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul isn’t cleared for contact yet. He might be ready to go next week. David Alter: Coach Randy Carlyle said he feels that Lupul has been cleared for contact. Still out day-to-day. David Alter: Carlyle thought that Lupul was cleared for contact, Lupul confirms that he hasn’t been yet. Jonas Siegel: Carlyle confirmed that Lupul did suffer a concussion.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski remained in New York and is being examined for gastro intestinal issues. Terry Koshan: Dave Poulin on Grabovski: “We just wanted to have things cleared up after his weight loss. He has been cleared to play.”
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals Martin Erat is feeling better and could play today.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers Daniel Briere said he’s ready to go today.
- Michael Vega: Bruins Patrice Bergeron (concussion) took part in the optional skate yesterday.
“Bergy will travel with us,’’ Julien said. “He’s skating now and he’s skating with us and he’s better off to work out with us than to stay behind.’’
Claude Julien on if Bergeron will play on Saturday,
“I don’t think so. We’re certainly going to be cautious with him. He’s had a history [of concussions] and we’re not going to take a gamble with it.
“We’re being extremely careful with Bergy and we’re going by the protocol. Never will this organization risk a player’s health for any reason. But he felt pretty good this concussion was moderate, and from what I’ve been told, it’s had a zero [effect] on the major one that he’s had and a zero issue on his brain.’’
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Sidney Crosby hasn’t skated since breaking his jaw. He’s been cleared to fly and traveled with the team on their Florida trip. Kris Letang returned to the lineup after dealing with a broken toe and groin injury. The groin is the bigger concern. Defenseman Paul Martin (broken bone in hand) skated this week, but hasn’t stick-handled. He could be ready for the start of May when the playoff start.
- David Pagnotta: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that serious contract negotiations with Mike Smith won’t happen until their ownership situation is settled.
- Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings and Jimmy Howard have basically agreed on a six-year contract extension for $31.8 million. He expects to officially sign deal by the end of the weekend, and only the “little stuff” is left.
“To be honest, it really hasn’t (worried me),” he said. “Like last time we went through this, it really did weigh (on me). But I think with it being such a condensed schedule and so many games being played in a short amount of time, I haven’t really had much time to think about it.”
- David Pagnotta: The goalie trade market this summer should be something to watch: Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier.
- Josh Cooper: Predators GM David Poile said the Filip Forsberg could be there for the teams morning skate on Sunday and he could play on Monday.
- Tim Panaccio: For the Flyers to buyout out Daniel Briere, it would cost them $3.3 million and spread out over four years. He said that he’s playing to remain with the Flyers, but understands the situation.
“Definitely,” he said. “It’s reality. There’s no doubt about it. But at the same time, those are things I can’t control at this moment. All I can control is for me to come back into the lineup and play as good as I can, to show them. Other than that, I can’t worry about injuries or what they are going to decide to do. That’s out of my control at this point.
“It was agreed by both the players and owners. So no, I can’t complain about that. I end up being the one to pay the price. But you know what, there have been so many good things that turned in my favor over the years that I won’t complain about that.”
Briere carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit. When asked if he thought amnesty on him would be unfair, he responded with:
“I don’t think so,” Briere said. “With missing half a season, everyone understands revenues were going to do down. A lot of teams already had prepared for two, three, four seasons ahead. So those teams were going to pay the price. … It’s a chance for them to … help them out with the new CBA.”
Roster notes and Goalie: Briere, Capitals, Michalek, Hedman, Hurricanes, Holtby, Bryzgalov and Quick
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers Daniel Briere is practicing with a regular jersey on, indicating that he’s likely in tonight.
- Stephen Whyno: Martin Erat, Joel Ward and Brooks Laich are out tonight for the Capitals.
- Ian Mendes: It doesn’t look like Milan Michalek is ready to return to the Senators lineup.
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won’t play tonight. He’s hopeful to get back on the weekend.
- Steven Whyno: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin, Volpatti-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Fehr, Wolski-Hendricks-Beagle.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin; Skinner-JStaal-Ruutu; LaRose-Nash-Wallace; Westgarth and Blanchard; seven defensemen on ice.
- Stephen Whyno: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
- Tim Panaccio: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers.
- Jon Rosen: Jonathan Quick will start in net for the Kings.
Injury Notes: Kovalchuk, Staal, Karlsson, Bergeron, Enstrom, Hemsky, Grossman, Briere, Michalek and Marchand
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Rich Chere: Devils Ilya Kovalchuk on playing Friday: ”I don’t know. I’m going to decide with the doctors and coaches, but I don’t think so.”
- Katie Strang: Rangers Marc Staal said that his peripheral vision is fine, but his eyesight is still a little blurry. He said he still needs to work on depth perception, reading plays, etc.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators Erik Karlsson didn’t skate yesterday and likely won’t for the rest of the week.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Patrice Bergeron, out with a “moderate concussion” has started working out again.
“I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” said Chiarelli. “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”
- Paul Friesen: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is questionable for tonight due to back problems.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky had an MRI yesterday on his foot. Everything was good and he returned to the lineup.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is out for the rest of the regular season.
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Daniel Briere is the only injured Flyer who “could’ play on Thursday.
- Ian Mendes: If Senators Milan Michalek feels okay today, he could be in the lineup against the Flyers.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand left last night’s game after taking an elbow to the head from Devils Anton Volchenkov.
- Dan Murphy: Cory Schneider was a late scratch last night after coming down with the flu.
- Canadiens.NHL.com: Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is done for the season after suffering a torn ligament in his left knee.
“Anytime you lose a player for the season it’s bad news, and this was a guy that was playing so well for us this year too. It sucks to see him have to go through that – I know what that’s like – but we’re going to have to find a way to fill that gap,” said Josh Gorges, addressing the news of Emelin’s injury following the Habs’ Monday morning practice. “The style he plays and what he brings to this team is hard to replace. It’s up to us to be resilient, find ways and find answers. You can’t stress too much about what isn’t there – you have to find a way to move on, as hard as that may be.”
- Ian Mendes: As Erik Karlson skated yesterday, Senators goalie Craig Anderson said, “It’s not that far-fetched that he could play before the end of the regular season.” Daniel Alfredsson had been texting with Karlsson, and knew he planned on skating soon in an attempt to get back this season.
- Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Milan Michalek is ”getting closer and closer” to returning to the lineup. It’s up to MacLean now when Michalek gets in.
- George Richards: Panthers goalie Jose Theodore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his groin injury. He hopes to be able to play before the end of the season.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers forward Daniel Briere practiced yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion on March 23rd. He hopes to be able to return on for Saturday’s game against the Sabres. Defenseman Nicklas Grossman had setback last week on his recovery from a concussion.
“We saw what happened to Nick in the past week with some setbacks,” said Briere, who skated on defense Monday just to get back on the ice, “and we’re just trying to make sure it doesn’t happen here again.”
- Mike Johnston of Sportsnet: Rangers defesneman Marc Staal could back on the ice in the next 7 to 10 days, and returning before the end of the season according to Nick Kypreos. He’s been out since March 5th after taking a deflected shot by his eye.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Sarah Baicker: Sources say that a Clowe trade to the Flyers won’t happen if the Sharks insist on Sean Couturier.
- David Pollak: Clowe said he’s open to either a trade-and-sign or as a rental. Depends on where he’s trade to, and what is offered.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: GM Doug Wilson is considering offers from almost a dozen teams.
“I’m aware of what’s going on and anything happening with me has to go through me, so we’ll see,” Clowe said, declining to say whether he thought a deal would happen or not. “I don’t want to give a percentage or anything. Would I be surprised? Probably not. I wouldn’t be shocked.
“If something didn’t happen and I stayed here, I’d handle it just like I handled the last three games,” he said. “I’d play my ass off just like I have.”
“If I go somewhere, I’m not going to sign unless I see potential, but it’s definitely something I’d be open to,” Clowe said. “On the other hand, if it had to come down somewhere as a rental it wold probably be to a team that’s a top team looking at making a run. We’ll see.”
- Kevin Kurz: A Ryane Clowe trade is likely to happen today.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Good chance Clowe is moved today. A deal is close, but not a guarantee.
- Bob McKenzie: McKenzie thinks the leading contenders are the Flyers or Wild. Rangers, Canucks and Canadiens in the mix. 50-50 it happens today. Rangers may only be intersted in Clowe as a rental. Flyers, Wild and Canucks are capable of giving Clowe an extension. The Sharks and Wild have dealt in the past.
- Pierre LeBrun: A Ryane Clowe trade could go down today. Teams that may have at least talked to the Sharks: Flyers, Wild, Canucks, Canadiens, Rangers and Bruins, possibly more.
- Bruce Garrioch: Confirms a St. John’s report that the Flyers have made a offer for Clowe, and have had talks with his agent.
- Sam Carchidi: The Flyers currently have $3.5 million in cap space and could add to that if they put Andrej Meszaros or Daniel Briere on the LTIR. They have lots of room to add a Jaromir Jagr or Clowe.
- David Pagnotta: Source saying report of Clowe going to Flyers is “premature.” Flyers are one of many teams in play.
- Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie has been told that the Bruins and Canadiens are not on the top of Clowe’s list.
- Sarah Baicker: Source saying that the Flyers and Sharks are talking a couple different scenarios. One of them involves Clowe but the cost is high.
- Bruce Garrioch: The asking price for Clowe is likely Sean Couturier.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks are getting closer to trading Ryane Clowe. Source is saying that the team has approached Clowe’s agent about the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause. A deal could happen as soon as today. The Bruins, Canadiens and Rangers appear to be the most likely destinations. ESPN reported that the Sharks would like to get a first round pick and a young asset. Clowe has missed four games recently with a shoulder injury, something that concerned the Bruins.
- David Pollak: The Bruins scouted the Sharks-Red Wings. The Canadiens didn’t scout the game, Canucks GM Mike Gillis was at the game. The Rangers weren’t on the scouting list either.
- Bruce Garrioch: There are five or six teams that are interested in Clowe. There are rumblings that he wants a sign and trade.
- Joe Haggerty: Can’t see the Bruins giving up a first round pick for a guy who looks to be broken down.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings don’t want to give up their first round pick this season.
“I’m OK where we’re at,” Holland said. “Especially considering 20% of (the) roster has been out. And I’m not doing any rentals for fifth or sixth defensemen, or fourth-line players. If we can get a real player, a top-six forward or a top-four defenseman, at a price we can live with, who wouldn’t do that? But I’m not doing any rentals.”
- The Fourth Period: Chicago Daily Herald reported that the Islanders and Blackhawks have discussed a multi-player trade involving Frans Nielsen. The Blackhawks had asked about Lubomir Visnovsky, but he signed an extension on Friday. The Blackhawks may now look to Mark Streit. The Islanders are rumored to be interested in defenseman Dylan Olsen and forward Jeremy Morin. The Blackhawks may also be interested in defenseman: Robyn Regehr, Ryan O’Bryne, Mark Fistric and Ryan Whitney, and forwards: Boyd Gordon, Derek Roy and Ryane Clowe.
- Dave Isaac of the Courier Post: The Flyers have been hit hard with injuries, and acquiring a rental wouldn’t make sense. Daniel Briereis out with a concussion, and would have been a trade chip.
“I don’t see him blowing things up,” NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose told the Courier-Post. “In a losing streak, you’re never as bad as you think you are. Same thing on a winning streak, you’re never as good as you think you are. I think Paul is a very deliberate general manager. I think he’ll evaluate everything.”
“You’ve got (Claude) Giroux, who’s had an OK year,” Melrose said. “(Wayne) Simmonds has had a pretty good year and (Jake) Voracek has had a pretty good year. Other than that, everyone’s had a disappointing offensive year.”
Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov are candidates to be bought out this summer.