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07-09-2013, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by HiggsBozon View Post
Might not be the forward who fits our short-term needs the best, but if we take contract lenghts and salary into account, he's the guy who fits our team the best, "at this current point in time". Only two years, which lets our young prospects developing, has a history of producing in the playoffs, which can't be said about any of our forwards from last season, and has the ability to play C, which can never be a bad thing. If, say, Eller and Desharnais injure themselves, we still have: Plekanec, Briere, Galchenyuk as our centers, which is still decent.

I'm also sure his 5 on 5 production might be more than decent. High-tempo hockey and high skating hockey is the kind of hockey Briere likes the best. Had his best seasons as a Sabres in their good years... And our team's makeup is astonishingly similar to what Buffalo was at this time.
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Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy View Post
He shouldn't be on the PP. We don't need help on the PP. Our younger guys should be getting chances on the PP.

This guy does absolutely nothing for us that we didn't already have. So why the hell would we pick this guy up? And I don't see this guy being that productive going forward.

Eller, especially, is LONG overdue for a serious upgrade in PP time. Adding Briere is likely to mean Eller spends yet another season with only minimal PP time, which is a mistake both from current effectiveness and for his (eller's) long term development.

Pleks, Eller, DD
Galch, MaxPac, Gallagher, Bourque, Gionta...

where exactly does Briere get his PP time?

Not being particularly reliable defensively also means he has to eat up some of the "softer" minutes, again infringing on the role/ice time that our developing players need.

and then there's the injury issue.

Yes, center depth is a good thing. But factor in that all of our NHL-ready prospects in the AHL (for top-9 roles) are under 6' 200pds, and it just makes no sense to add a top-9 UFA with Briere's particular skill sets & physical attributes.

very poor signing unless MB is committed to making a trade involving one of or both of Gionta/DD... and in that case, unless the return is a considerable roster upgrade, hard to see the point in swapping out the known (DD/Gionta, who for their warts, at least we know are great competitors & well liked in the dressing room) for the unknown (injury-riddled, aging Briere coming off of career worst season).

hopefully, as the summer plays out, there will be a visible method to the madness of this move, otherwise cue the:

"it's easy complain about briere signing flaming out and blowing up in our face IN HINDSIGHT"

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