Now officially out of playoff contention, the Philadelphia Flyers can begin thinking about what kind of roster moves they will make this summer. With a team-high salary cap of $6.5 million and two seasons remaining on his eight-year deal, Danny Briere is likely to be bought out or traded in the off-season, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
If that is the case, Thursday's game against the New York Islanders could have been the veteran forward's last home game as a Flyer.
"I'm not thinking about that... Things change fast in the hockey world," Briere told the Inquirer. "For me, it's just another game. Nobody knows what's going to happen. I can't start thinking about all those rumors. It's just like at the trade deadline. If you start getting into that trap, it gets you off your game."
Briere, who signed with the Flyers as a free agent in 2007, has spent six years in Philadelphia, registering 123 goals and 282 points. In 2010, during the Flyers playoff run, he finished with an NHL-best with 30 points in 23 games. The next season, he followed with career-high of 34 goals.
Unfortunately, for the 35-year-old, injuries have slowed his production in the past two seasons. Having missed 14 games with a fractured wrist and concussion, Briere has recorded five goals and 10 assists this year.
Briere, however, has provided the team with much more than goals and assists as one of their best leaders both on and off the ice. While he tried to put emotions aside about Thursday night’s game, he did admit that he doesn’t want to go anywhere.
"Everybody knows I want to stay here," said Briere. "But it's a business and I also understand that part."