Brieres style of play will successfully bring him much much further age wise in the NHL. Cole is done, his body can't handle the physical style that he plays. In fact his game is based around the two things that fade the most, speed and physical play.
Briere has a deadly shot, a nose for the net and although he is fast he will still quite easily be a 20 goal scorer when he is 39. Cole on the other hand will be retired for 4-5 years.
Briere + 3rd >> Cole.
Just because Cole is big doesn't make him good, I'm sick of this argument.
So Cole's body is done and yet Briere's the one missing time to injuries.
Briere will score 20 goals in 4 years time yet 2 years ago he only had 16, and this year he was on pace for 14.
It's not the fact that Cole is big that makes him good it's the 44 goals he's scored over the past 2 seasons compared to Briere's 22.