nothing against briere, its just that contract is for WAAAY to much. Sure, he's playing well, he's helping the team dont get me wrong...but 6.5mil!!!! NO WAY.
heres a little bit of perspective: the flyers could NOT trade briere to any team if they wanted to. on that contract, his value is 0. "no team would take him" -Ed Snyder
now this doesnt mean we shouldnt keep him...i mean its not like we need the 6.5m now for anything better thats coming along but...yea its a BAD contract.
I remember when many guys on HF were telling people that Scott Gomez - the guy with the 7.357 cap hit for 7 years - had negative trade value. How'd that one work out?
I was stoked when we signed him, and I've been stoked ever since. I know last year he was injured, but when he played he was one of our better scorers. He and Giroux were our best forwards in the playoffs last year, and he was our best forward in the ECF run the year before. I've said before that he is overpaid, but because he was a free agent he had to be overpaid to be had. Look at Gomez and Drury, both make more than 7 mil cap wise. Of the three centers that were available in the year that we desperately needed a top line center, who would you rather have? And yes we desperately needed a top line center that year. Neither Carter or Richards had shown to be able to fill that role yet.
So to answer your question. Is he worth his cap hit? No, he's probably overpaid by about half a million to a million. But, when you take into account that he was signed as a free agent and the other top centers got paid over 7 million, then the overpayment seems more reasonable.
Actually, Last year I did a little thing where I took the top 2 or 3 highest paid forwards from each team and calculated their total points and their PPG since the lockout. Danny was down low when it came to total points because of his injuries last year, but in PPG I believe only Kovalchuk (who make like 200K less) and Savard had a higher PPG while having a lower cap hit. And Briere himself had a higher PPG than several of the players making more money than him.
So far this year, yes he is. There have been times in the past where he's completely absent, but he's really on it this year and probably one of the few Flyer forwards who can hold his head up right now.
I have always loved what briere brings to the team. If you would rather have vinny lecav or eric staal at this moment in time please let us all know. Briere turns up when it matters most. Something Mr high and wide doesn't do
On this team it's an open question. 6.5 for his output may not be worth it on a team that's so stacked.
But forgetting the rest of the roster I think he's well worth it. He's been playing GREAT hockey lately, his offense is on, he's back checking, he's actually hitting people and not trying to avoid contact.
Briere - by far IMO - has been the best and most consistent Flyers forward this season.
It impresses me how successful he's been, for how tiny he is. He gets abused in front of the net every night, but never gives up. And he has some of the niftiest passes... if only the other flyers would bury more of them. It's like they don't think as fast as him and whiff the play. That happened so many times when he played with Hartnell
I dont think Briere is worth his cap hit. If anything, I think we should be trying to dump his salary on a team who is desperate for a center.
IMO where we need the most help is in goal.
As much as I would hate to give Briere to a team we are battling with for a playoff spot, getting Toskala from Toronto looks like a good fit for both teams. Hes playing really well since coming back from a groin strain, and with a solid Flyer defense in front of him, I can see nothing but good things.
Maybe something like this?...
To TOR: Briere
To PHI: Toskala, Ponikarovsky and 2nd rd pk in 2011.