The NHL trade deadline is just under one month away and the rumor mill is cranking out some big names across the league. Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers is one such name that has surfaced recently and for the next four plus weeks, we are sure to hear his name come and go until the deadline passes.
The Fourth Period has reported that Flyer’s GM, Paul Holmgren has already received multiple calls on Briere and according to the Philadelphia Daily News, the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins are among a few teams that inquired on the 35-year old.
TFP reports that Blues GM, Doug Armstrong has been watching the Flyers with keen interest of late, following the club to Toronto earlier in February and heading to Philly recently to catch two home games.
Briere does have a no-trade clause and the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the team has not asked him to waive his no-movement clause and the team may not be interested in moving him this season.
Sportsnet’s Darren Millard believes that the Flyers could look at asking Briere to accept a deal if given the opportunity to replenish their prospect cupboard and more importantly receive a break on their salary cap. Briere will earn $6.5 million this year and has two-years left on his contract that will see him make $3 million next year and $2 million the following.
A proven playoff performer, Briere would appeal to many clubs including the Blues who are said to be looking at adding a top-six forward according to TFP.
The Bruins have reportedly asked the Ottawa Senators about captain Daniel Alfredsson and with little to no traction on that front, GM Peter Chiarelli could continue his search elsewhere to bolster the B’s lineup.
Brian Lawton and Brad May of Sportsnet suggests that the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators are two clubs that could have an interest in Briere, if he becomes available. Briere spent time in Phoenix from 1997-2003.
As of now, Briere is a Flyer. At least for now he doesn’t appear to be available via trade. With the Flyers playing better hockey and now within striking distance of a playoff spot, Briere’s value to the team has increased greatly. But in a month’s time if Philadelphia stumbles, the name Danny Briere is sure to be one we’ll hear an awful lot of.