FanSided Turns 15! Memories From Canadiens In 2007

MONTREAL - SEPTEMBER 18: An elevated general view shows the Pittsburgh Penguins playing against the Montreal Canadiens during their pre-season game on September 18, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Penguins defeated the Canadiens 5-2. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
MONTREAL - SEPTEMBER 18: An elevated general view shows the Pittsburgh Penguins playing against the Montreal Canadiens during their pre-season game on September 18, 2007 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Penguins defeated the Canadiens 5-2. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images) /
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SUNRISE, FL – MARCH 3: Roman Hamrlik #44 of the Montreal Canadiens skates prior to the NHL game against the Florida Panthers on March 3, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL – MARCH 3: Roman Hamrlik #44 of the Montreal Canadiens skates prior to the NHL game against the Florida Panthers on March 3, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

When free agency opened up the Canadiens were very aggressive in pursuing forward Daniel Briere. Despite a better off from the Canadiens, Briere ultimately chose to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers on an 8 year $52 million deal.

Day 2 of free agency saw the Canadiens sign former 1992 1st overall pick, defenceman Roman Hamrlik to a 4 year $22 million contract. The Canadiens also signed veteran centerman Bryan Smolinski on a 1 year $2 million deal.

Other free agent additions included Tom Kostopoulos, Jamie Rivers and the return of Patrice Brisebois.

MONTREAL ? OCTOBER 20: Patrice Brisebois #71 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre on October 20, 2007 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
MONTREAL ? OCTOBER 20: Patrice Brisebois #71 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre on October 20, 2007 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images) /

The Canadiens lost a couple of players in free agency. Much to his wife’s chagrin, Sheldon Souray signed a deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Radek Bonk also packed his bags from Montreal to Nashville, joining the Predators. Goaltender David Aebischer also left for Phoenix, while Mike Johnson bolted for St. Louis.

On the trade front, the Canadiens traded their 7th round pick to the New York Rangers for the rights to Ryan Russell. Sergei Samsonov was shipped to Chicago in return for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen. Goaltender Michael Leighton was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in return for a 7th round pick to round up the summer activities.

Aside from the addition of Hamrlik, the media were adamant that this was a lackluster summer for the bleu-blanc-rouge.