“I'm not afraid…” -Daniel Brière
Recently appointed as interim general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, Daniel Brière did not hesitate to say that his organization was in reconstruction mode.
This word that several DGs of the National Hockey League (NHL) avoid like the plague, the Quebecer uttered it several times on Sunday, during his first press briefing in front of the media.
“I am honored to be here, to find myself in this situation and I want to do everything in my power to put this dealership back on the right track,” said Brière, whose remarks were reported by the circuit's website. Bettman.
“It won't be over quickly. That's what I believe and that's why I'm not afraid to use the word reconstruction.”
Brière, who worked as a forward for 17 seasons in the NHL, wanted to clarify his vision of this process.
“I want to be certain that this reconstruction does not mean that there will be a sale of fire. There is a huge difference between the two, he explained. I want it to be clear. We're not going to get rid of everyone. There are good players here, role players that we will keep. We are looking at all possible options to improve the team.”
Being the man for the job
Briere got his new job on Friday, after general manager Chuck Fletcher was fired. The 45-year-old has served as a special assistant to the GM since February 8, 2022. He previously served at one time or another as president, vice-president of hockey operations and general manager of the ECHL Maine Mariners. [2017 to 2022].
The Flyers have indicated that they will set in motion hiring processes to find a new full-time general manager and a president of hockey operations.
Brière made no secret that he would like the term “acting” eventually disappears next to his name, in addition to adding that he saw his appointment as a long audition.
“I have no problem with the label of acting , he said. I like that Dave [Flyers president Scott] and the staff take the appropriate time to assess whether I should get this job permanently. I see myself staying here and being part of the future. I hope they believe in me too.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that I can do this job,” added Brière. I will surround myself with good people. It's not something I'm going to do solo.”
The Flyers are having another disappointing campaign after they haven't made the playoffs since 2019-20. So far this season, they have maintained a 24-31-11 record and sit second to last in the Metropolitan Division.