The trade winds are swirling as the NHL gets close to the halfway mark of the lockout-shortened 2013 season. The latest rumour making rounds? A possible Danny Briere trade.
According the the Daily News’ Frank Seravalli, the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins have asked about the 35-year old’s availability.
The big question has nothing to do with the teams interested in acquiring Briere, it’s whether or not Briere wants to go. The 16-year veteran has a full No-Trade Clause in his current contract with the Flyers, and from the sound of things, he isn’t all that interested in packing up and shipping out.
Briere, 35, is one player who isn’t going anywhere. The Flyers have not asked Briere to waive his no-trade clause, and it isn’t clear whether they’re interested in moving him, but he provided an answer Tuesday.
Briere has a full no-movement clause – meaning he can’t even be sent to the minors without his permission – and will not waive it to be dealt to any team in the NHL, regardless of destination.
Briere signed an 8-year, $52-million contract in 2007 after becoming a household name in Buffalo with the Sabres, a move that, to this day, haunts Sabres fans everywhere. He has two years after this season remaining on his contract, and at the great value of $3 and $2 million in salary, respectively.
It makes sense why teams would inquire about the Flyers alternate captain. Teams are fully aware of his performance in the playoffs — 108 points in 109 career playoff games — and would love to add that piece to a Stanley Cup run for the next two-plus seasons.
The Flyers sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, and are not a team of the wait-and-see if it works out variety. They will likely make more moves to get to the postseason and make a run this year, and it seems like Briere will be a part of that plan, at least for now.
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