Danny Briere says goodbye, salutes fans

In an emotional news conference in Voorhees, Danny Briere said goodbye to the Flyers and fans on Thursday afternoon.

Briere said the fans made his six years with the Flyers "amazing," and that he will never forget the team's remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. Briere led the way, setting a franchise playoff record with 30 points that spring.

The Flyers officially announced Thursday they were using a compliance buyout on Briere, though it has been the league's worst-kept secret.

"Wherever I end up, this is where I'm going to end up (living)," Briere said. "This is home."

He said he thinks he has two or three years left, and that his three boys will help him decide where his next destination will be. He will become an unrestricted free agent July 5.

"The last six years have been amazing," he said, adding he wanted to send the fans "a huge thank you."

As for his future, Briere, 35, said, "I have no regrets. I'm moving forward."

GM Paul Holmgren said he told Briere of the team's decision last week and called it a "very difficult decision. Danny has been a very good player for us  over the past six years."

Holmgren called Briere a "tremendous player, person and role model in all aspects, and for that we thank him."

Briere's $6.5 million cap hit will go off the books 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Finals end.

One of the most clutch playoff performers in recent NHL history, Briere was arguably the Flyers' best leader. He took young players under his wing _ at different times, Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier lived with him _ and he will be a valuable signee to a team that has Stanley Cup aspirations.

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