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Montreal, Los Angeles "pass" on Briere inquiries

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According to a report in the Montreal Gazette, the Flyers have contacted the Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens about a potential deal involving forward Danny Briere.

From the Gazette...

The folks in Philly have talked to the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings, but neither team was interested. There also is a report that they have talked to the Phoenix Coyotes, although you have to wonder whether anyone has the authority to talk on behalf of the team that may or may not be bankrupt and/or on the way to Hamilton.

Montreal passed on Brière because, despite their previous interest, the last thing they need is a small centre with a cap hit of $6.5 million for each of the next six seasons.

There are two things of interest in here. First off, if this account is true, the Flyers are apparently actively shopping Briere in an attempt to clear cap space before the free agency period. Also, though, of course, Montreal is one of the teams that you could quickly imagine Briere waiving his no-movement clause to play for, and the fact that they are turning him down is striking in that sense.