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Interim GM Daniel Breer says Flyers won’t be a ‘quick fix’

Greg WochinskyESPN3 minutes to read

Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Daniel Breyer has acknowledged that the team needs a multi-year rebuild as he campaigns to earn the job on a permanent basis.

Brier, 45, replaced GM Chuck Fletcher on Friday. Fletcher, who was fired after five seasons, was also the team’s president of hockey operations. Brier said he would be honored to fill any of the vacancies but was focused on the general manager position.

“I don’t have a problem with the temporary mark. I guess [ownership is] He will take the time to assess who should be working full time in this position. I see myself staying here and being part of the future. I hope they believe in me too. “He feels that way,” he said.

Briere played for the Flyers for six seasons during his 17-year career in the NHL. He was named Fletcher’s special assistant last year and has been involved in decisions such as hiring head coach John Tortorella.

Dave Scott, president of Comcast Spectacor and governor of the Flyers, described the team’s path back to Stanley Cup contention as a “multi-year process”. Brier agreed to this schedule.

“I have no doubt this is not a quick fix. It will take some time,” Brier said.

Fletcher famously said last season that the Flyers needed a “strong retool” rather than a rebuild. And while Brier said he’s not afraid to call the team’s next phase a “rebuild,” he cautioned that that doesn’t mean Philadelphia will have a “whole new team” next season.

“We have to be careful. I want to make sure that rebuilding doesn’t mean selling fires,” Brier said. “There’s a big difference between the two. So I want to make that clear. We’re not going to get rid of everyone. We’ve got some good players here, and some players who play certain roles that we’ll keep as well.”

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Brier said the next few months will go into evaluating players and hockey operations personnel with an eye on the future, and getting a chance to “dive a little deeper” into the players on the roster and in the Flyers system.

Briere expects assistant general manager Brent Flahr to remain in place through the season and as part of the Flyers’ NHL draft preparation. But Briere was noncommittal when asked how the team’s top advisors fit into his vision for the Pilots. Former NHL general managers Paul Holmgren, Bobby Clarke, and Dean Lombardi, as well as former head coach Bill Barber, have all come under scrutiny for how much influence they have behind the scenes with Flyers ownership.

“I have a lot of respect for these guys for what they’ve accomplished in their careers on and off the ice,” Brier said. “I’ve been in this mode for 48 hours. I just had a quick chat with them. But at this point, that’s it. So we’ll see moving forward that happens there.”

Regarding his job prospects, Brier said he wasn’t concerned about his lack of experience in the front office. Prior to becoming Fletcher’s special assistant, he managed the day-to-day operations of the ECHL Maine Mariners, a minor league team purchased by the Flyers. Brier also said he studied the general managers he played with, including Holmgren, Buffalo’s Darcy Rigger and Colorado’s Joe Sakic.

“I have no doubt I can do the job,” Brier said. “I’ll have some great people around me as well. It’s not something I’m going to do on my own.” “I’m not going to lie: It’s something I saw myself doing from early on when I was playing. I always thought I could be in that position one day.”

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