Offers go out to Briere, Drury

The Flyers may have hit a snag in their bid to land a free-agent center yesterday when the Buffalo Sabres made multiyear contract offers to Daniel Briere and Chris Drury.

The unrestricted free-agent period begins Sunday at noon.

Pat Brisson, the agent for Briere, confirmed last night that an offer had been tendered. Drury also has a multiyear offer, according to a source close to him.

It is believed that both offers are for five years and that Briere's offer matches what he won in salary arbitration last season: $5 million. Sources say he turned down the offer. It is believed that Drury's offer averages no less than $6 million per season. Drury is represented by Mark Witkin.

The Flyers are believed to be trying to land the New Jersey Devils' Scott Gomez.

If the salary cap rises to $50 million, the Flyers will have $9.3 million to spend in free agency. It is likely that Briere (32 goals, 63 assists last season) and Drury (37 goals, 32 assists) can get more on the open market than what Buffalo offered.

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