Feb 15, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere (48) crosses the blue line into New Jersey Devils zone with puck during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

NHL Rumors: St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins Inquire About Fylers Daniel Briere

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.

From Seravalli:

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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Tags: Boston Bruins Daniel Briere Philadelphia Flyers St. Louis Blues

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