NHL rumors: Danny Briere can't see himself leaving the Flyers

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Briere has been in Philly since 2007-08 and doesn't sound like he wants to leave now. (Getty Images)
Briere has been in Philly since 2007-08 and doesn't sound like he wants to leave now. (Getty Images)

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As Tuesday's acquisition of Simon Gagne reminded us once again, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren isn't averse to being active in the trade market. In the past few seasons he's traded Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk, so you know he'll entertain trade ideas.

Somebody who won't be entertaining any ideas of leaving Philly, though, would be veteran Danny Briere. He has a no-move clause in his contract, giving him veto power over any move the Flyers try to make, even if other teams might be inquiring about him.

From Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News:

Briere, 35, is one player who isn't going anywhere. The Flyers have not asked Briere to waive his no-trade clause, and it isn't clear whether they're interested in moving him, but he provided an answer Tuesday.

Briere has a full no-movement clause -- meaning he can't even be sent to the minors without his permission -- and will not waive it to be dealt to any team in the NHL, regardless of destination.

"I don't want to comment on anything at this point," Briere told the Daily News. "Trades are not my department. I've been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can't see myself playing anywhere else."

Briere is pretty well settled into Philly, so he probably means that when he says it, even if the Flyers struggle the rest of the way through this season and are looking at a playoff-less season, certainly a possibility at this point.

According to Seravalli, there has been interest in the Briere, particularly from the St. Louis Blues. Their GM Doug Armstrong has taken in a few Flyers games in person of late, including Monday in Philly. The Bruins have also shown some interest.

Briere is pretty much the type of player you'd expect a lot of playoff-bound teams would be interested in adding. He's a guy with veteran experience, he has just two seasons left (including this one) on his current contract ahd he's been at his best in the playoffs through his career.

So while a trade to the Blues, for example, seems like a good fit, it doesn't fit Briere's own plans, or so it would seem. I suppose there's some wiggle room out of that quote from Briere -- he can't see it now but he could see it in a few weeks -- but he's somebody who is pretty well settled in with his family in Philly.

Briere has seen his offensive numbers come down some in the past few seasons -- his 49 points a year ago were the fewest he's had in a season where he played more than 30 games since 1998-99 in Phoenix -- but that's not to say he is done. This season in 17 games he has five goals and six assists.

In 108 career playoff games Briere has 109 points on 50 goals and 59 assists. His most memorable run was in 2009-10 when he had 30 points in 23 games for the team that lost in the Stanley Cup Final.

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