VORHEES, N.J. -- Daniel Briere had every opportunity to bash the Sabres on Thursday but instead took the high road after practice at Flyers Skate Zone. The only thing he wanted to discuss was how many good memories he had in three-plus years in Buffalo.
Good for him. He's a class act.
It will be interesting to see how fans react to him tonight with the Flyers in town. The
guy led the Sabres in playoff scoring the last two years. He led them in scoring during the regular season last year. If anything, he deserves a standing O.
Yeah, I know, he's on the other team. Don't blame him for that one.
Fans get tired of me defending Briere, but it doesn't change the facts. Briere wanted to stick around and was basically blown off. His agent has said many times that Briere would have stayed if the Sabres offered him a five-year deal worth $25 million. So he wasn't even looking for a raise.
It was pretty tough to ignore the Flyers when they showed up with an eight-year deal for $52 million when his own team offered him nothing until three days before free agency opened. It amazes me how many people still believe his departure was all about the money. It was about the money only after it became clear the Sabres weren't interested.
My guess is Martin Biron will get a warmer welcome tonight. Marty is one of my all-time favorite athletes to cover, mainly because you can ask him one question and get 14 answers. Quick quiz: How many postseason games has Biron played in his NHL career?
Time is up. It's zero.
--- Bucky Gleason
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