Sam Carchidi at the Philadelphia Inquirer says that with the Flyers likely to buyout Danny Briere and his $6.5 million per year cap hit, they would “absolutely” be interested in Brad Richards if he is amnestied by the Rangers.
…a cheap, motivated Richards on a Rangers rival? Ugh. Talk about nightmare scenario. Could only hope his Drury imitation would continue in Philly, to go along with them grossly overpaying for an aging Streit. God I'd love for them to suck again next season.
Conversly, Carchidi feels the Rangers might be interested in Briere if allowed to re-enter free agency.
….i'm asked at least five times a day about my thoughts on the Rangers signing Briere and after much thought I'm still not 100% sure. Plenty of positives and negatives. The biggest negative is obviously Briere's health. The guy is a walking concussion, so if the Rangers do sign him they better be prepared for him to suit up for only half the games. Although with the Rangers medical staff they'll likely throw him out on the ice no matter how punch drunk he is. But when he does play the guy knows how to find the back of the net, especially in the postseason when he always steps up his game. And the last time I checked, I think the Rangers have had some problems scoring in the playoffs. Also, as a French Canadian, I think he'd likely have nice chemistry with Vigneault, while also serving as a mentor to Brassard. Oh yeah, and Briere has 250 career power play points.
…if the Rangers decide to not buy out Richards, then I'd be against the Briere signing as the last thing the Rangers need are two aging centers on the decline. However, if the decision is chancing it with Richards for another season or signing Briere to a two year, $3 million per contract I think I'd have to go with Briere.