9 Forwards, 6 D, 1 Goalie under contract next season @ 54 cap. They CAN fit under the cap, but Briere isn't going to get any younger. He still brings alot to the table, but he is also a depreciating asset.
IF he wants to come back to Buffalo (which, with new ownership, I think he'd be open too) and Buffalo can give them something that would give them some value and a smaller contract coming back (maybe Hecht?) there could be a deal to be made.
He'll be 34 at the start of next season... he has a full No Movement Clause... why would he waive to go ANYWHERE ? He's on a contender...
The only way Briere waives is if at 35-36 he gets demoted to the minors to stash his cap hit if his abilities deteriorate.