Apr 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere (48) celebrates the goal scored by Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell (19) (not pictured) while Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon (55) and goaltender Peter Budaj (30) and forward Lars Eller (81) look on during the third period at the Bell Centre. It was Hartnell

Rumor: Daniel Briere Signed By The Montreal Canadiens

Rumors are swirling that the Montreal Candiens have agreed to terms with former Philadelphia Flyer Daniel Briere on a two year deal with a cap hit of 4 million dollars per year.

The Quebec native was bought out of the final two years of his enormous eight year, 52 million dollar contract that he signed with the Flyers in 2007. Canadiens fans felt Briere turned his back on his home province to go play for Philadelphia, and many are upset with him again today, but for much different reasons.

Briere was coming off a 95 point season with the Buffalo Sabres in 2007, and many Canadiens fans felt he would be a perfect fit as the French Canadian star the Habs have not had in years. It was rumored at the time, that Briere was being offered a contract to play in Montreal, but he turned it down for longer term with the Flyers.

Briere has been booed mercilessly for the last six years at the Bell Centre, by fans upset over his decision to not play here. Today, with speculation he may decide to play in Montreal, fans are just as upset that he may play here.

Briere is no longer a 95 point player, far from it actually. He scored just 16 points in 34 games this past season, and 49 points in 70 games the year prior. His last good year came in 2010-11 when he scored 34 goals and 68 points in 77 games, showing he is not close to regaining point per game status any time soon.

Briere will be 36 years old by the start of next season, declining very rapidly offensively and having never been a good defensive player.

Briere has put up over 100 points in his playoff career, scoring at more than a point per game in his entire postseason career. However, the past is the past and it is too late to be throwing significant money at a diminishing asset.

If Bergevin is willing to throw 4 million dollars per year at a free agent, there are plenty of attractive options, but Daniel Briere is not one of them.

Tags: 2013 NHL Off Season Daniel Briere Montreal Canadiens

  • Keegan Boissoneau

    So now that this is confirmed let the HATE/LOVE relationship start. I still don’t like this deal but let’s see how he performs before I start booing him.

  • bill..223

    I’m definitely not a fan of this either, but I agree with Keegan, let’s give the guy a shot before mercilessly booing him. The guy did put up 13 points in 11 playoff games just over a year ago, and who knows, maybe playing back at home will give him a second wind. That being said, $4m is too much, at least it’s only for 2 years.

  • Kenny

    Yeah, I think if they were willing to spend 4 million on a player, there were much better fits out there. But, like Bill said, he has been amazing in the playoffs his whole career so if he can do that again we will all talk about how smart Bergevin is for getting him.

    • Hab fan but not Habby

      I have to agree with you.

  • Hab fan but not Habby

    Not a good deal, neither was the signing a 4 year contract with David Desharnais. Seems as soon as he signed, he stopped playing.

    • Kenny

      12 points in 21 games after signing I believe, plus nothing in playoffs. Having him and Briere on the roster next year is a pretty big gamble by bergevin, hope it works out somehow

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  • Jimmy

    What Marc Bergevin should have been being creative finding ways to make the team bigger in the top Six forward department instead he following the same blue print what the past habs GM did… Make the team smaller. You should of left Daniel Briere alone.Dumb move Marc!

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  • Pridenpoise

    Briere’s best days are behind him, the Habs are making a mistake signing this washed up bum imo, especially after snubbing them a few years ago, he can go kick rocks as far as I’m concerned. And I will continue to boo him.