He can take Stalberg's spot. Saad-Shaw-Briere, not a bad 3rd line by any means. Give Briere an easy 40-60 games in the regular season while someone in Rockford can rotate in and out then let him do his damage come playoff time.
That said, it's not going to happen as it does not sound like we're one of the teams in the mix to pick him up.
Briere is a center, and only played on the wing because of a log jam for the Flyers in the middle. The fact of the matter is that he's not nearly as effective on the wing, and a team should only sign him to play C (which is where he wants to play, anyway).
Stan is going to give one of Pirri and LeBlanc a shot at second line center and also create cap flexibility at the same time by doing so. This team has Cup aspirations. If either one are fine, you can upgrade at the deadline somewhere else. If they don't cut it, a top-six center at the deadline is the priority.
Briere was moved to the wing in 2009/10 but wasn't very effective before being moved back to C for the playoffs, and had a monster run in leading the Flyers to the Finals. He was still at C in 10/11 and 11/12. He was moved back to wing in 2012/13 and was again relatively ineffective.
Personally, I'd rather move Sharp back to C with Hossa and Saad over the other options that have been mentioned.
Last edited by Quetzalcoatl: 07-03-2013 at 02:14 PM.
Just read that if you give bonuses to a player 35+, and it puts you over the cap, the amount it puts you over the cap will be pushed to the following year.
So say we sign Briere to a 1mil base salary, with 3mil in bonuses. (1yr/4mil contract)
If we only have 2mil in cap space, the remaining 2mil will be pushed onto next years cap.
That could be beneficial if we are looking to target a 35+ player like Briere.
Except this year is the year the Hawks have a little breathing room with the cap. It's gonna be crazy next year with Hammer, Shaw and Crawford up for new contracts... then Toews and Kane the following year.