Boston is a beautiful place to live, and quite frankly one of the best places to live in the entire country. With sports, many consider Boston to be title town because you have the Patriots, Bruins, and the Celtics all being dominate teams in their sport. If this is the case, then why do some veteran players decide to play for other teams, instead of wanting to come to “Title Town?” This must be a tough question to pose for the Bruins because earlier this past season, Jarome Ignila decided that he was going to take his talents to Pittsburgh instead of Boston. Everybody got over that lose quickly however because Jaromir Jagr decided that Boston was a place he would like to play in. Now this offseason, we have a player that is high on almost every team’s radar, Vincent Lecavalier, who was basically all but signed to play for Boston, but backed out and signed with Philadelphia. The Bruins don’t have time to be upset about the situation, as going out and getting another star caliber player is a must.
Vincent Lecavalier might not be coming to Boston, but hopefully Bruins nation will witness Danny Briere in the black and gold soon enough. The biggest problem for the Bruins in recent past has been scoring, as there hasn’t been that much. The B’s are a defensive minded type of team, but sometimes a team still has to have players who can be tough on both ends of the ice. Danny Briere is 100 percent that guy, as he can be a physical presence on the defensive end of the ice, but can definitely light the lamp on the offensive end as well.
Just to give everyone a little background history on what type of player Briere is, let’s take a closer look at his awards over his NHL career.
· Two-time All-Star (2007, 2011)
· Named All-Star MVP in 2007
· Led all players in points during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs (30)
Looking at those awards, I would say that he definitely has the pedigree to fit nicely in Boston. For those fans with short-term memory loss, the 2010 playoffs were when the Flyers came back from a 0-3 deficit to defeat the Bruins 4-3. There is no question that the Bruins need a player like Briere, who is a veteran on and off the ice. He was just recently informed that he was being bought out by the Flyers, who were looking to go in a different direction. Hopefully his asking price isn’t too high because the Bruins at this point don’t have that much flexibility. The Bruins will sell their championship pedigree to Briere, hoping that he will buy into wanting to play for a contender, and take a little less money in the process. In the end, Briere could be the one play that pushes the Bruins over the top, and bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Boston once more.