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.