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07-06-2013, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
Briere does go to the dirty areas of the ice, especially in the post season.

As for the last 4 seasons.....52 points combined in 45 playoff games. He has been consistently great. Bergevin signed him to score in the playoffs and there isn't any evidence that he won't do exactly that.
You can say the same thing for Gionta, Gallagher, even Desharnais goes to the front of the net. The problem is that when you are going up against a 6'4 defenceman and the refs let anything go it's going to be a struggle. Briere had the advantage of having guys like Hartnall, Simmonds to go the net with him. I suspect he'll have a harder time doing that with us. Not too mention he's also been a net negative in +/- in the playoffs and his PP stats haven't exactly made up for it either. If he scores 10 goals but costs the team 15 then has it really helped us?

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