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Briere update -- January 23 (post #584)
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01-06-2009, 06:03 PM
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Hindsight is always 20/20. The bottom line remains, the Flyers went into the '07 off-season NEEDING to make a splash after that horrendous '06/'07 campaign. Standing pat was just not going to happen, especially given how this team has always operated. I'm sure the front office also envisioned it taking a couple more seasons for Richards and Carter to really break out the way they have. Despite his contract, Briere is still an elite talent who can help this team. With him in the lineup, Stevens has the option of fielding three dangerous scoring lines that will make the opposition pick its poison.
I agree with all of that, except the last part.
If Stevens fields those three lines he will have to, given cap constraints, also have to dress two defensemen who don't really belong in the NHL and stretch Vaananen to second pairing. And that's with no injuries back there.
I agree with all else you said. They HAD to sign someone. Briere's a good player. I sure didn't expect Carter and Richards to be this far this year.
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