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Danny Briere strives to prove rough 2013 was a fluke

Jul 4, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

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Danny Briere admitted that the Philadelphia Flyers buy out felt like a door closing. Still, he also acknowledged a different door opened by signing with the Montreal Canadiens: a chance to prove himself once more.

He’ll have plenty of doubters after a dismal 2013 campaign, too.

“My whole career has been about finding the motivation to bounce back,” Briere said. “Coming to Montreal makes it really easy. There’s no better motivation than having the chance to play for the Canadiens. Last season was definitely one where I wasn’t happy with the way things went and I’m going to do everything in my power to turn that around. I’m hoping I can prove to everyone it was just a fluke.”

The 35-year-old admits that he dreamed of playing for the Habs as a child.

“Deep down, I’ve always been a kid from Quebec who wanted to play for the Canadiens,” Briere said. “I’m lucky to be able to have a second chance like this to be able to [sign with] Montreal. It’s a huge honor for me to play here. For me, Montreal Canadiens fans are probably the most passionate fans in the NHL. It’s an honor to be playing for them and in front of them and all I’m hoping is we’ll all be cheering in the same direction when the season starts. We’ll be pushing along together to rack up some wins.”

Of course, Briere and the Canadiens must excel for this to truly be a story of redemption.

  1. maalea - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    A true professional.

    At least now the Hab fans will cheer when you touch the puck.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Not so much.

  2. chazxcore - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Nothing but the best wishes for Briere but I just don’t think he fits in Montreal.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      He doesn’t, too small, too old. Montreal didn’t learn their lesson with Gomez’ situation and here they go again.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      i think he “fits” perfectly…he’s another forward under 5’10”

      • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        next up….nathan gerbe

  3. mustbechris - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    His dream was so important to him that he snubbed the Canadiens to sign with the Flyers for an 8 year term covering his entire prime, only electing to fulfill his childhood dream once the Flyers decided they’d rather pay him for 4 years to not be on the team than pay him to actually play games and earn paychecks.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      here’s my question with these compliance buyouts. what keeps a young guy from signing a 8 yr deal for lets say 58 million (letang), then getting disgruntled, tanking it 2 years into that contract, getting bought out and recieving a paycheck from that team for the next 12 years and then signing to another team to get another check from them too and play? does briere get 2 checks now for playing for the canadiens? they give him 4 million for 2013-2014 and he gets his other buyout check from philly for the next however many years too? not a bad deal for the player if you asked me…seems like a pretty good retirement plan.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        on top of that can you imagine a scenario where briere scores the game winner in game 7 of the ecf against the flyers and the irony being the flyers PAID him to do it!? same thing with vinny, what if he does it to tb? its crazy.

  4. thejrod2006 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Hope it works out for Briere….always liked him as a player. I feel like he’s got one big playoff run left in him.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      The problem is the Habs have almost no size in their top-6 forwards. Now they can certainly add someone like Clowe tomorrow but they still might get pushed around. I wish Briere all the best I just don’t know how successful it will be. His play dropped off significantly over the past two seasons.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Agreed, we need size, speed and youth. Briere brings nothing Montreal needs. This sucks!

    • ribs108 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Actually, signing with the Habs means that his playoff stats should stay exactly where they are now for at least 2 more years. It’s a full 82-game season coming and the team is only built for a 48-game season as we saw when they faded at the end and playoffs in 2013. 109 points in 108 playoff games is impressive and he won’t need to risk falling below a point-a-game playoff producer. Well, at least he’ll be giving LOTS of interviews. His playoff expertise might even land him a guest analyst spot (he WAS a guest analyst this playoff season) again since he should have a lot of free time during next season’s playoffs. A pretty savy signing for him!!

  5. orangeandblack67 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    We listened to Danny B for the last 7 years say we were the most passionate fans in the league. My how quick he changes his tune. I guess you have to please the masses. No hard feelings, good luck Danny.

    • zetaone - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:25 AM

      There’s a difference between passionate, and just loud and obtrusive.

  6. billyhauntswizards - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    don’t underestimate a player with something to prove….

  7. 950003cups - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Was kinda hoping to see him in NJ. I guess that’s the time to say DEMS DA BRAKES.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    LOL! “My whole career has been about finding the motivation to bounce back, Coming to Montreal makes it really easy. There’s no better motivation than having the chance to play for the Canadiens.” Hmmm! Safe to say Lecavalier would disagree with Briere. Guy snubs Montreal once and then says “there’s no better motivation than having the chance to play for the Canadiens.” Does he really think we’re all fools?

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Apparently Montreal is the fool, they signed him.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        How is your comment relevant to my post? Are you defending Briere. You’re obviously behind on reading the comments. At the risk of repeating myself, and purely to bring you up to speed I will write what I’ve already written about Montreal signing over the hill French Canadian players.

        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 expire. And the Habs make like the hooker on the street corner ready to sign them.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        It’s really not that difficult, but I see where it may be beyond your ability to comprehend, jacka$$.

        You asked “does he really think we’re all fools?” and I responded to the question, jacka$$.

  9. girouxed - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Good luck Danny

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