‘”It’s definitely a source of motivation,” Briere admitted Wednesday. “All of my life that’s what I’ve been thriving on. There have been lots of comments: that I wouldn’t make it to the next level; that I wouldn’t be drafted to the NHL; that I wouldn’t make the NHL; that I would only be a power-play specialist. “Those comments after my arbitration award were in the back of my mind coming into this season. I know what people were thinking. At the same time you want to prove to your own team they didn’t make a mistake picking up the award.”‘
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