When Danny Briere is brought up in conversation, memories flutter into the mind of the Flyers fan. Clutch goals. Crucial penalty kills. Crusading leadership. As a Philadelphia Flyer, Danny Briere has done it all. Unfortunately, cold truth reminds us that professional sports is a “business.” Wikipedia defines business as “an organization or firm involved in the trade of goods, services or both.”
Said statement includes the buyout of one Danny Briere.
According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Flyers have informed forward Daniel Briere that they will opt to buy out his contract. Briere arrived in Philly in July of 2007, signing an eight-year, $52 million contract. Briere would have cost Philadelphia $6.5 million on the salary cap, though the Flyers still owe two-thirds of his salary.
Briere has faced various injuries and ailments during his time in Philly. He has become known as an elite playoff goal-scorer, but his overall production as dipped. When asked about the impending buyout a few weeks earlier, Briere admitted, “I certainly hope I’ll still be here. But I also understand it’s a business, so we’ll see what happens with that.”
These words are a true semblance of Briere’s class. Briere’s professionalism, leadership, and high standards will engrave him into Philadelphia sports history. Best of luck goes out to Briere, for an exceptional stay in The City of Brotherly Love.