Less than two months after retiring, Daniel Briere has found himself a spot in the Philadelphia Flyers’ front office. Briere, 38, joined Philadelphia in a part-time management role and will be learning the ropes under Flyers president Paul Holmgren.
Daniel Briere officially announced his retirement from the NHL nearly two months ago, but the 17-year veteran hasn’t taken much time away from the game.
Briere, 38, was at the Wells Fargo Center ahead of the Flyers’ pre-game skate Monday and told NJ.com’s Randy Miller that he’s back with the team in a part-time management capacity, though it’s unofficial at this point.
“I’ll be doing a variety of things working with (Flyers president Paul Holmgren),” said Briere, who retired on Aug. 17. “I’ll be learning the ropes. I think it’ll be fun.”
Briere said he would be attending most of the Flyers’ home games this season as part of his new role. When asked by Miller if he missed the game, Briere said he doesn’t quite yet but added, he “probably will when the Flyers play some of their big games against Pittsburgh and the Rangers.”
Briere’s situation in Philadelphia is not dissimilar from the role longtime New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur assumed with the St. Louis Blues following his retirement. Brodeur joined the Blues front office to learn the ropes of the management side of the game.
During his career, Briere had some of his best seasons with the Flyers, including two 65-plus-point campaigns. He also set his career high for goals in a season, 34, during 2010-11 with Philadelphia. But what he’s most known for in the City of Brotherly Love is his playoff performances, especially the 2009-10 post-season run.
As the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, the Flyers unexpectedly made a push for the Stanley Cup in 2009-10 with Briere leading the attack. In 23 games, he posted an outstanding 12 goals and 30 points, more than any other player that post-season. Though he helped the Flyers capture the Eastern Conference championship, Briere failed to pick up Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The honor instead went to Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, whose Blackhawks downed the Flyers in six games.
Briere played a total of six seasons in Philadelphia and scored 124 goals and 284 points in 364 games with the club. He finished his career with 307 goals and 696 points in 973 games.