2013 Offseason Thread Part V: Streit signs with PHI (4 years, $5.25M per)
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06-19-2013, 04:06 AM
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Will center Danny Briere’s spot in the Flyers’ lineup be replaced by Brad Richards?
The Flyers plan to buy out Briere, who has a $6.5 million cap hit and two years left on his deal. A club source said the Flyers would “absolutely” be interested in Richards if the Rangers use a buyout to get his annual $6.67 cap hit off the books.
Richards’ contract runs through 2019-20. But he would become an unrestricted free agent and be able to sign a new deal if the Rangers buy him out.
Briere, one of the NHL’s greatest playoff performers, has been slowed by injuries the last two seasons. When healthy, he is still a dangerous offensive player. In fact, it wouldn’t be shocking if the offensive-challenged Rangers pursued him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
Briere, who will turn 36 in October, lives in Haddonfield and wants to stay close to the area to be with his three boys.
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Newell Brown who sounds like he will be joining AV in NY. Brooks wrote about a comment made by Brown regarding the PP
Brown, whose primary responsibility was the power play, enjoyed great success his first season with the team in 2010-11. The power play was No. 1 in the NHL and so were the Canucks, who won the first of two straight Presidents’ Trophies. In 2011-12, the power play slipped to fourth and then plummeted to 22nd this past season. At one point, it went 11 straight games without producing a single goal.
Brown knew things weren't right when he had too many left shots.
“You have to look at the pieces of the puzzle that are necessary and we had great chemistry that first year,” he explained. “Everything gelled. This year, we were forced through injury and whatnot and changes in personnel to try and build a new group.
“When you're trying to run a power play with five left shots, which we were forced to do a lot this year, you're really swimming upstream.
Seventy-seven per cent of the power-play goals are scored with at least two right shots, so that tells you a lot right there
. Not to say there are exceptions to the rule, but when you have five left shots, or even four, your chances of scoring are diminished.
“Teams are so fast to get into the shot lanes these days,” Brown continued, “that if you can't take one-timers, if you aren't in position to take one-touch passes and move the puck quickly to shooters and shoot off the pass, you're at a big disadvantage. That was something we were dealing with this year.”
The Rangers have Stepan and Callahan. Girardi and Stralman. Briere is a righty. The Rangers are close to his 3 boys in south Jersey. Briere and his wife are divorced. 35 plus contract. 1 year deal.
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