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Deferring to Danny

Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 2:58 pm
Jarome Iginla can’t be faulted for begging out of the All Star game. The family reasons cited by the Flames with respect to their captain had to do with the health of his grandmother and his desire to spend some time with her when the schedule breaks.

No one should be denied that request.

Besides, Iginla is having a season he’d probably rather forget, although he is leading the Flames in scoring with 19 goals and 42 points in 49 games. But the season on the whole has been dismal in Calgary, where there has already been a change in general managers and much debate about whether the franchise face should be auctioned off for pieces to kick start an obviously-needed rebuild.

Interim GM Jay Feaster has issued denials about a possible Iginla trade every time he’s seen a microphone, but the questions remain and Iginla would have been facing them throughout the All-Star weekend.

That part, we’re guessing he won’t miss.

Especially since it actually worked out well with Iginla’s replacement being Danny Briere of the Flyers. Briere should have been on the original list because he is having a big season on a team that is having a big season, and four years into the mega-contract he signed as a free agent in 2007, he has emphatically silenced those who questioned whether he is worth the eight-year, $52. 5 million deal he signed.

But it wasn’t always that way. While Briere’s first season saw him produce 31 goals for the Flyers, he took some heat because he had 24 more overall points in Buffalo the year prior and struggled defensively with a team-worst minus-22. Still Briere came through with solid numbers that year with nine goals n the playoffs, which is really where he earned his reputation with the Sabres.

Briere missed most of the following season with an injury, but he has averaged 25 goals in each of the last few seasons with the Flyers, who are so deep at forward that Briere doesn’t always get to play his natural center position. Then again, it didn’t really matter during the playoffs last spring when Briere led all scorers with 30 points, including four game-winning goals, and played a key role in Philadelphia’s run to the Finals.

This season he has picked up where he left off. Briere is leading the Flyers in scoring despite missing three games and playing a modest 17 minutes a night. And five of his 24 goals have been game winners. More important Briere has been the most consistent, and arguably the best player on a team that has been among the most consistent and best in the league this season.

He deserves to be an All Star and now he is.

Sometimes things do work out as they should.
Category: NHL

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:04 pm

Deferring to Danny

How he keeps getting snubbed ill never know. The NHL must hate him. He was obviously the best player in last years Stanley Cup playoffs and the 6 games of the Stanley Cup. Jonathan Toews had a subpar performance in the Stanley Cup.  Heck Chicago had about 8 players in that series play much better that Toews. Briere finished with 30 points overall to lead all of the NHL playoffs in points. He also had 12 points in the Stanley Cup Series. Chicago won but Briere was unstoppable. He finished I think plus 8 in the series and Toews was minus a few. He was robbed of the MVP too easy a call, you lead the NHL playoffs in points almost plus/minus and led the Stanley Cup series in points by a ridiculous amount to anyone else. Bullshittttt Then he was what 4th in goals this year and gets left out of the NHL All Star game. Am not sure what else to say but snub the All Star game Danny, go FLYERS!!! relax that weekend of the All Star game you earned it!!

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:59 pm

Deferring to Danny

Iginla can come to the Bruins any day .... the B's are LOADED with picks and have expiring contracts like Ryder that could be used to match the $$$, along with young talent like Wheeler that could be included in a deal.  Win win .. Calgary reloads with a couple of picks and a young winger in Wheeler and Boston gets the veteran goal scorer they need for the playoff push.  

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