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02-17-2009, 10:04 AM
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Rob Parent calls for Holmgren to consider trading Briere.

Mentioning Giroux as the current top line center is a reach. There have been enough line switches in recent games to dispel that; an argument can be made that Carter's line is the top line and of course Richards.

The "need" to sign Knuble is debatable as well.

Briere is a gamer. He’s also a center that can play wing, can score from anywhere, has his share of defensive shortcomings yet is a world-class power play weapon. If, as is the plan, he returns in time for a monthly tune-up and a smooth run into the playoffs, the Flyers would gain the luxury of using him as an extra forward who could be slotted anywhere — including his rightful place of center on the top line, currently occupied by Giroux.

It should all make for a very interesting postseason, especially if a physical defender does become available at the deadline for a combination of draft pick and prospect … or even a regular forward that Holmgren wouldn’t mind tossing in.

By summer, however, the Flyers might want to take a hard look at what they have in Briere and wonder if they should talk to him about a future elsewhere.

He’ll have been here for two parts of his contracted six-season term, and is a tough salary swallow for any team, since he has one more season at $8 million, followed by three more at $7 million each.

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