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Report: After missing out on Lecavalier, Habs approach Briere

Jul 2, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens were hoping to snag Quebec-native Vincent Lecavalier after the Tampa Bay Lightning bought out his contract, but the Philadelphia Flyers got him instead.

It looks like Montreal still has its heart set on acquiring a big-name forward this summer though. With Lecavalier gone, they have reached out to Daniel Briere, according to ESPN.

Briere, like Lecavalier, was made available courtesy of a compliance buyout. The Flyers shed Briere’s $6.5 million cap hit, which allowed them to go after Lecavalier in the first place.

Briere had six goals and 16 points in 34 games last season and at the age of 35, it’s seems likely that his best days are behind him. That said, the Gatineau, Quebec native has earned a reputation for stepping up in the playoffs with 109 career points in 108 games.

Of course, Montreal will face significant competition for Briere’s services. The Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, and New York Islanders are all believed to be interested and that list could grow over the next day.

  1. andyb02 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Fine with me as a flyers fan. Briere’s got next to nothing left.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      He does speak French…which makes him overqualified to be the next coach of the Habs.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Yep! The French return to Momtreal when no other team wants them. Maybe Vinny will be wearing a Habs jersey after his contract with the flyers expires.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Same with Vinny really. It’s funny that the Flyers think they can solve their goalie issues by adding more scorers. I guess there plan is to beat everyone 7-6?

      • andyb02 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Its true that the Flyers don’t have the best goaltending but you’re kidding yourself if you think it was more of the goaltending than it was the defense last season. Plus Vinny had about double the points that Briere had last year so I don’t think it’s the same thing.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        What I was getting at is there whole defensive system (goalie included) isn’t doing very well. Maybe they should focus on improving that instead of getting more centers.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Now Giroux will have to fork over some of his money for a home for himself if Briere goes to another city as he lives with Briere and his 3 sons, he teaches them French…
      I wouldnt mind having him in a Wild jersey, but they dont have the money for him or anyone else for that matter……
      The Wild is going to have to play thier very young players this year and thats ok, they need the experience….
      hope Briere gets a city he like and he can commute to see his sons as he is very close to them…

      • andyb02 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Giroux lives in an apartment with Brayden Schenn. He only lived with Briere for a year. Couturier lived with Briere the year after.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM


    • warchief65 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      andyb02 , and how much does Lecavalier have left in his tank ? I don’t think he is worth 22.5 million for 5 years . I can see the Flyers buying him out in three years .

  2. aklolzer - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I hope briere signs elsewhere just because montreal fans booed him the last 5 years.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      I’m a Habs fan and I hope he signs somewhere else too! He’s soft and we need to be tougher up front.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:45 AM

        Love Briere but I have to agree he’s not what the Habs need. They need size. They don’t need another 5’8″ ankle biter. Especially one with diminishing skills. I hope #48 doesn’t end up in Montreal. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing him go back to Buffalo to mentor those kids. His playoff prowess would go to waste, but he’d be the perfect captain for the Sabres.

      • warchief65 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        phillyphantic77 , Briere won’t mentor the kids . He didn’t do it the first time , why would he do it now ? But , this is Buffalo we are talking about . They will probably pay him another 5 million per season for nothing . That’s about what they are paying for washed out players in Buffalo these days . And wonder why they can’t make the playoffs .

  3. Habib Marwan - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    remember when he spurned montreal’s offer and chose the flyers years back after he left buffalo? they boooed him every time he touched the puck

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      And rightfully so. Thank God he spurned Montreal’s offers.

      I just pray to God, Montreal comes to their senses. He’s overrated and washed up.

      • Habib Marwan - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        not in the playoffs he’s not .. he’s as clutch and $$$ money as they come

      • coopjr - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        “And rightfully so. Thank God he spurned Montreal’s offers”

        Right, good thing. He might have held the Habs back from all the playoff success.

  4. killerpgh - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Briere has the same agent as Crosby and Malkin, Pat Brisson. Rumor floating around today was that Brisson was talking to Shero about making an offer for Briere.

  5. sportsfaninyyc - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Please don’t sign Briere, the team needs to get younger and bigger.

  6. jaredphi - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I’m glad to hear he’s likely assured of having some choice over where he lands.

    I’d say NJ and NYI are the most likely destinations as it was important to Danny to remain close to his home here in the mid-Atlantic region.

    Danny’s a class act and we’ll always appreciate what he did for us in Philly.

    • Habib Marwan - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      This is professional sports , this isnt professional family hour …. you go to play where the teams that want you and where the teams pay you… they realize this when they sign up for this occupation as do families and athletes who marry, divorce and have children .

      • tcclark - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Are you seriously criticizing a single father who is putting the needs of his children over his own personal achievements? When has any professional athlete put the needs of his family over his own? He’s gonna do what’s best for his children and he should be commended for that.

      • jaredphi - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        That’s a fair statement and very true in the case of most professional athletes.

        But, I’m simply repeating what he said all along in his farewell address to Philly and in pretty much every other article I’ve read on the subject.

        I stand by my comment that NJ and NYI are his most likely destination points.

        Of course, the money might be sweet as well and then it works out from both ends.

  7. jaredphi - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    FYI – My last comment was to Habib.

  8. tcclark - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    The Canadiens finally found a situation where the player can’t choose Philly over them. I wouldn’t put it past Holmgren though. If there’s a GM out there who can find a way to manipulate the rules, it’s Homer. I hope Danny signs a short term contract close to Philly. I would love to see him back in orange and black.

    • warchief65 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      tcclark , you do realize that Philly bought out his contract for a reason , right ? And , the people of Buffalo thought about him too , but then found out that all he was , was a liar .

  9. nygdriveforfive - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    He should home to the Sens…on the cheap!

  10. vanindeed - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    He’ll never sign in Montreal………too much pressure

  11. shanesander - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    “life is like a long term front loaded contract, you never know what your going to get”

  12. montrealbbr - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I think the Habs need to get bigger up front to prevent teams from just gooning it up against them. I don’t think Briere is the answer and I hope he signs with another team because he is past his prime.

    I would say maybe Boston would sign him but he isn’t slow enough for them.

    • gwile51 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Hey Habby apparently slow enough to be in the finals again this year and almost take it all the way and where did your Les Habitants (or floppers as we say here end up). What a typical Montreal fan response the most classless fans ever!

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Montreal finished in first place in the division, ahead of Boston, AGAIN!

        You seem a bit sensative to the “slow” comment. Is that because Chicago burned the bear cubs with speed?

        Almost? As for floppers, I’ll let coach Julie-Ann respond to that hogwash.

      • montrealbbr - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Just like greenmtnboy says, the Habs finished in first place and the Bruins were behind them. The Bruins are done and were lucky to have gone as far as they did this year. The Leafs fell asleep and if not for a few lucky bounces the Bruins would have been home much sooner. Chara is getting older and slower, Bergeron has lots of injuries, Rask will show that he is an average goalie, Horton is gone, Seguin was called out by his GM and Chicago showed that all you have to do is go right at Chara to beat this team. Boston will be lucky to finish third in the division and will probably be a bottom seed come playoff time. I hope the Boston fans enjoyed their brief success because it’s over now.

  13. channelguy - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    This rumor makes NO sense at all, from any perspective.

    1) Montreal has lots of small, offensive-minded centers already, one of whom (Desharnais) is probably untradeable because of contract/production issues. This would force them to trade Plekanec in a buyers’ market, since everyone knows Montreal has to move him. The present Hab GM seems like a sharp customer, unlike his predecessor, and I can’t see him sticking his head into this noose.

    2) It makes no sense for Briere. He stiffed the Habs once before, which fans might forget, but the media in Montreal, which with all respect to Toronto, New York, Vancouver or anywhere else who thinks their hockey beat people are tough, is the most vicious in the league, sure won’t. And as several other posters have already noted, he has said he wants to play on the Atlantic seaboard for family reasons.

  14. delsj - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    He is great in the playoffs. Of course, he won’t help you get there – but if you do… wow, look out!

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