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07-02-2010, 10:40 PM
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Please stop saying this. It is simply a false statement.
This year, mostly playing on Carter's wing, Briere scored 18-18-36 at even strength. Two years ago, mostly playing center, Briere scored 17-18-35 at even strength. Briere worked absolutely fine with Carter. If you want to argue you like Briere at center, fine, go for it, but do not use the "he didn't work with Carter" mantra because it's a factually incorrect statement. Briere and Carter were our most consistent even strength tandem this past year. Roughly 70% of Briere's even strength minutes this year were played with Carter centering him, and he had his best even strength year as a Flyer.
In fact, it was only 4 goals shy of his career high for even strength goals. Briere on Carter's wing worked just fine.
I think Briere had his best even strength year as a Flyer for many other reason than playing with Jeff Carter. 1) The team was completely dreadful at even strength the entire time he has been here...2) he actually played with consistent linemates for the first time and 3) he was healthy. He would have put up much more offense with Giroux as his center and he also showed how much better he is when playing with a truly skilled player in Leino, and while at center.
Carter is better complemented by north/south players like Hartnell and Lupul, hence why that line worked so well together. Not guys that like to move the puck around and play a give and go type game like Briere.
Plus, Carter's numbers were down from the prior year so how much did Briere have to do with that?
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