The Philadelphia Flyers’ front office bosses, Dave Scott and Dan Hilferty, had to be impressed by Danny Briere’s confidence and the message he delivered Sunday.
Briere, the Flyers’ interim general manager, made it clear that the organization has lots of work to do.
He even used a word that was not in his predecessor’s vocabulary: rebuild.
The Flyers will interview other candidates, but Briere is the leading candidate to land the job. He knows the organization inside-out, knows both the business and management sides, and seems ready and eager for the challenge.
He said it won’t be a quick fix, “but at the same time, that doesn’t mean we’re going to a full fire sale and have a complete new team next year,” he said.
Briere, who had been a special assistant to general manager Chuck Fletcher, has had his mind on being a GM for a long time.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s something I saw myself do from early on when I was playing, and I always believed that I could be in this position one day.” he said.
While Briere talked about hoping to get a chance to remake the Flyers, a team whose rebuild he may want to copy — New Jersey — had a statement win Sunday.
The Devils (44-16-6) beat Carolina, 3-0, and moved into a tie to with the Hurricanes (43-14-8) in points atop the Metropolitan Division. Jesper Bratt, 24, a sixth-round pick in 2016 who has turned into a high-quality player, had two goals and Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves to pace New Jersey.
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