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04-12-2013, 10:07 AM
Jack de la Hoya
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Originally Posted by OccupySouthBroadSt View Post
I can understand people wanting Briere to be amnestied for purely business reasons but I would say that Briere's career here has paid dividends for the Flyers more than it hasn't and he has been the consummate professional IMO. I don't understand some of the irrational dislike of the guy by some and I do think he has been kind of jerked around with respect to his natural position. He is definitely more effective at center than least from a scoring perspective. Also, apart from Leino, he never had a complementary player to maximize his contributions. That storied run in 2010 and his playoff performance with Leino was something to behold....too bad the team ran out of gas and Leighton stunk like "gas."
I don't understand why measured, considered criticism of his two-way play is considered irrational.

He put up very good postseason offensive numbers. His regular season production was less impressive, but that's a trade off you're willing to take--and it is better than the other way around.

That said, he's been one of the worst defensive forwards in the league throughout his tenure. His linemates have constantly had to make up for his lackluster and unenthusiastic defensive play. I'm not sure how that doesn't complicate the "what-a-great-professional" narrative around Briere. I've seen no evidence of effort to improve in his own zone. He's a one-dimensional player who steps up at key moments--but who often put the team in a poor position prior to scoring a critical goal.

I don't think that's irrational, but if it is, so be it.

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