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Habs give Briere a shot on first line

Sep 12, 2013, 6:26 PM EST

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The Montreal Canadiens appear eager to give Danny Briere every opportunity to prove that he has plenty left in the tank after being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers this summer. Early on, they’re giving him a look on the first line alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, TSN reports.

Habs head coach Michel Therrien managed to give credibility to the trio sticking together while also leaving the door open to juggle things if needed.

“We’ll try different lines during the camp,” Therrien said on Thursday. “But we already have a good idea of what we want to do.”

Briere, 35, signed a two-year, $8 million contract with Montreal, so the Canadiens would love to see him put it together after a tough couple seasons.

The other new combo featured Christian Thomas skating with Rene Bourque and Tomas Plekanec, although that might have something to do with Brian Gionta sitting out that session because he’s still recovering from surgery on his left biceps tendon.

  1. orangandblack - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    They will surely be disappointed with the results

    • gregman98 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Typical schadenfreude from a Failers fan who’d still be praising the guy if he was still on their loser team.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:59 AM

        Not so much. Danny B has been MIA for the last two seasons while he played in Philly. I do think he may get a ‘2nd wind’ because he is back home playing for the team every QC native dreams to play for.

      • whoyallis - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        lol..the failers. i guess being witty isnt for everyone.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        if this wasn’t on an article about a former Flyer, I wouldn’t have seen “Failers” and thought “oh, that’s a funny word play on Flyers.” idk where you saw and “wit” in that name. sounds nothing alike.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        any*

  2. themagicman1223 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Desharnais isn’t the first line center on this team… Plekanec is, so technically Briere is on the 2nd line. ller is still much better than Desharnais though.

    • themagicman1223 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Eller**

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