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Habs healthy scratch Briere for first time this season

Dec 19, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

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Daniel Briere‘s struggles in Montreal have hit a new low.

The veteran forward will be made a healthy scratch for Thursday’s game in St. Louis, replaced in the lineup by Ryan White. This will be the first time Briere’s been made a healthy scratch since signing a two-year, $8 million deal with the Canadiens last summer.

As we wrote earlier this morning, the Habs were hoping to see more from Briere after he played just 4:27 in a 3-1 over Phoenix on Tuesday. Head coach Michel Therrien said the decision to park Briere was ‘to make sure that we’ve got a good chance to win,” noting that Briere ‘wants to get involved more.”

Briere has just five goals and 10 points through 26 games this year and is averaging 12:38 per game — his lowest average since the 2000-01 campaign in Phoenix, when he was 23 years old.

  1. cweez2 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I’m sure they’re holding him back so he’s well-rested for his playoff value. ;p

    C’est ce qui se passe lorsque vous vous connectez à quelqu’un seulement parce qu’ils parlent français, eh Geoff Molson? Start signing good players regardless of the language.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Start signing larger players regardless of the language.

  2. bakedbees - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Tabernac! Keep signing these small, weak mice that fade away come crunch time!
    we love PK the TURTLE Subban…on your team, speaks volumes

  3. justinhbhb - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I have a feeling Montreal will try to trade him in a package deal to get a proven forward. Bourque is always injured too, we need someone to take a wing position next to Plekanec.

  4. billsin20xx - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    “..his lowest average since the 2000-01 campaign in Phoenix, when he was 23 years old.”
    I think this is the key piece of the article. He’s been in the league 13 years, he’s 36, he’s old!!!

  5. ribs108 - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    The tradition continues as Bergevin follows Gauthier follows Gainey follows… pro scouting not exactly the strong point on the Canadiens. Maybe they can acquire Nathan Gerbe or some other miniscule player. Hey, at least Briere can speak to the local press without a translator, after all, he’ll be with them in the pressbox! Deux Molsons s’il vous plait! (He might go broke though at >$11/beer charged by the Molson beer company at the Bell Centre). Let the mediocrity carry on…

  6. greenmtnboy31 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    They never should have signed him in the first place.

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