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Could Briere be an option for the Pens?

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With the Flyers announcing the buy out of Daniel Briere, he has easily become one of the top Free Agents this summer. Could the Penguins be interested?

While I see it highly unlikely, it’s a rumor that seems to be building a bit of steam. If talks fall through with Pascal Dupuis and if Jarome Iginla decides to take his services else where, an option could be Briere. He is still a very capable winger and a proven Playoff performer, but what would it take to garner his services?

It’s believed that he will be looking for a 1-2 year deal, possibly around $2-$3 million a year. That would be a great deal for Shero if he could pull it off, especially because Ray is not one to hand out contracts that are more than 3 years to players in their mid 30′s.

Last Year in 36 games Briere scored 6 goals and 10 assists. Now that seems like a very low total but keep in mind that he had an additional 34 points playing over seas during the lockout. Those are pretty good numbers overall.

Briere could still be a target even if the Penguins re-sign Dupuis, but where would he fit? Shero already stated he expects to use Bennett as a Top Six forward next season, so either Bennett gets held back for another year, or Dupuis will need to take a demotion on the Roster and play on the 3rd line, something I see not happening.

So what do you think, should the Penguins pursue Briere, or is he not worth the effort?

Robert Slavinsky

Pittsburgh Penguins writer for hockeytracker.net. Since my childhood I have followed hockey, from the years of The Great One up to The Next One I have followed the fastest sport on ice. Growing up in Pittsburgh PA, I have had the privilege to witness some of Hockey's Greats. Since the days of Le Magnifique no other team in Pittsburgh has mattered to me but the Penguins.