It’s official. Daniel Briere becomes the “Special Assistant” to Chuck Fletcher.
“I’m very happy to add Danny to our hockey operations team in a full-time role.”Chuck Fletcher; 2/8/2022
First on the buzz was Anthony SanFilippo and Jordan Hall. SanFilippo expected an official announcement in the next two weeks. Hall pushed the needle towards Briere for a few weeks now.
There was always smoke to the rumors. Briere routinely sat in at the Wells Fargo Center as the Philadelphia Flyers were on a thirteen-game losing streak. Before this became an item, he was the president and general manager of the Maine Mariners in the ECHL. Briere remained in touch with the Flyers, serving as a scout and assistant coach with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The “Blank Check”
Interestingly, Dave Scott could be spending on Philadelphia’s front office. Ownership is responsible for hiring the right general manager. Fletcher had free reign entering 2019-2020. His plan worked but crashed and burned since. Under fire, Scott decided to lend Fletcher a hand.
“I want to thank Chuck Fletcher and Dave Scott for their confidence and support over the last several years, and I look forward to helping them continue to build a successful team on and off the ice.”Daniel Briere; 2/8/2022
Briere nearly was the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, per Eric Engels. He joins Brent Flahr and Barry Henrahan in similar roles. Suddenly, there is a little excitement brewing in terms of organizational leadership.
He had a seventeen-year NHL career and became the president of the Mariners in 2017. His NHL career and front office hockey experience make up for 23yrs alone.
We remember “Playoff Danny.” Briere was one of the most clutch Flyers in the postseason. In 2010, he was dynamite, but Philadelphia ultimately fell short of the Stanley Cup.
Briere is welcome with open arms back to the City of Brotherly Love as the Flyers ride a two-game winning streak.
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