A half hour after the Flyers’ morning skate, Danny Briere was still out there on the Skate Zone ice skating hard, shooting pucks and pushing himself — proof that he wouldn’t be returning from a concussion Tuesday night against Ottawa. Huffing and puffing, Briere eventually emerged into the Flyers’ dressing room that was empty except for teammate Kurtis Foster and a few reporters. Briere sat down at his stall, removed his pads and skates, then stood up to talk about how Saturday in Buffalo is his new target date for a return. The conversation soon turned to his uncertain future in Philadelphia. Unlike Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, Briere cares a whole lot about whether or not his contract is bought out after the season. “This is where I want to be,” Briere said Thursday, two days after Bryzgalov’ surprising comments on amnesty. “I can’t control if they decide to buy me out, but this is where I want to be at this point. My kids being here, obviously, it would be tough to have to go somewhere else. I want to be here and I’m going to try everything in my power to stay here.” The two-time All-Star forward seems to know the deck is stacked against him lasting in Philadelphia for the final two seasons of his eight-year, $52 million contract. He knew it right after hearing amnesty buyouts had been added to the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, a clause that allows teams to buy out contracts of two players at two-thirds the remaining money. Amnesty was added to the CBA because the league’s salary cap is dropping from $70.2 million this season to $64.3 million in 2013-14 due to revenue lost during a 119-day lockout that shortened this season from 82 to 48 games. Unfair? Briere says no. “You know, with missing half the season almost, obviously everybody understands that the revenues are going to go down and a lot of a teams already had prepared for two, three, four seasons ahead,” Briere said. “So it’s a chance for (players) to get back to, I guess, helping (owners) out with the new rules with the CBA. It was agreed by the players and the owners, so, no, I can’t complain about that.
Briere wants to convince Flyers not to buy out his contract
Courier-Post | Apr 12