That's a bit of an overstatement. At least he scores more than Tedenby and that's something we desperately need. Aside from this year and the times he's been injured, he's been a pretty steady performer offensively. Would you rather have Tedenby or Briere regularly? Briere's defense is crap though. There's no arguing that.
I'd be okay with him coming on board provided the price and years is right (1-2) and more as a 2nd or 3rd choice. I don't think 30-40 points out of him would be a stretch as long as he's relatively healthy. He's gonna miss a few games over the season, but if we could get 65-70 games out of him, he could be a good pickup. Again, its dependent on terms.
I'd give him 1 year at 4 million but I have a feeling someone's willing to go something like 3 years/9 million and let the chips fall where they may on that 3rd year. The Devils can afford to do this to a degree but the trouble is they probably don't have better players coming in to shove him out.