'"We've decided we've come this far so we're going to hit the free-agent market," said Brisson. "There's no animosity with Buffalo, we just feel with free agency 48 hours away it's an exciting opportunity and Daniel and I have decided to go ahead and see what's out there. That doesn't mean we've closed the door on the Sabres."'
Archives for June 29, 2007
‘”We’ve made the decision to go to July 1 and sit down and seek all options at that point,” Briere’s agent Pat Brisson told The Associated Press on Friday.’
‘On Wednesday, the Sabres offered Briere a five-year deal worth approximately $25 million. Briere turned it down. Interestingly, it was a similar offer to the one the Briere camp (led by CAA agent Pat Brisson) had suggested to Sabres management last summer before the sides went to arbitration. It’s just more proof that timing is everything, eh?’
“We’ve made a decision to go to July 1st,” Brisson told TSN.ca. “We haven’t closed the door on the idea of returning to Buffalo entirely, however out of respect to Darcy Regier and the organization we felt it was important to make our intentions clear.”
'“It’s exciting,” Briere said of free agency. “I’ve never been though it before. If it gets there, I just want to be around where it’s going to happen and where my agent’s going to be so we can deal with it directly and not over the phone, relaying messages. I want to be there when the offers come in.”'
'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.'
‘Briere traveled to Los Angeles, where Brisson is based, so he will have a more hands-on approach during negotiations. The trip also allowed Briere to escape the constant speculation regarding his and Drury’s status that has led off sportscasts in Buffalo all week.’