Brière agrees to two-year deal with Canadiens

The Canadiens announced on Thursday afternoon that free-agent Daniel Brière has agreed to a two-year deal with the team.

Brière, who turns 36 on Oct. 6, had his contract bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers on June 20.

In a statement released by the Canadiens, Brière said he was very excited at the opportunity to join the team.

“It’s an organization I looked up to throughout my youth and I really look forward to putting on the Habs jersey and contribute to the success of the team,”  Brière said.

Brière later spoke to reporters on a conference call Thursday evening from Hearst, Ont., where he was attending Flyers forward Claude Giroux’s golf tournament.

Asked by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey if he felt he had something to prove after a few seasons where his production has dipped a bit and with the Flyers buying him out, Brière said: “Yes, definitely.”

“Last year, especially, with the short season starting behind everybody because of injuries, I am definitely looking forward to bouncing back,” Brière added.

“I’ve done that my whole life. My whole career it’s always been about finding the motivation to bounce back. Coming to Montreal makes it really easy. First of all, having the chance to play for the Canadiens. I think there is no better motivation than that. And also making up on last season. It definitely was a season where I wasn’t happy with the way things went. And I’m going to do everything in my power to turn that around.”

Brière had played centre all his career prior to the past two seasons.

“So it’s maybe a little easier,” he said. “But I have no problem to play at centre or on the wing. It’s (coach Michel Therrien) that will decide all that. I have nothing to say on that side. I want to play where he thinks it will help the team the most.”

You can listen to more of what Brière said during the conference call by clicking here. (You may have to crank up the volume.)

“Daniel Brière brings a great deal of skills, experience and leadership to our team and he is a
significant addition to our group of forwards,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in the team’s statement.

“Daniel showed a great desire to pursue his career in Montreal and we are very happy that he committed to playing in Montreal for the next two seasons.”

A native of Gatineau, Brière has 286 career NHL goals in 847 games. In the postseason, the forward has 50 goals and 59 assists in 108 games played. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 179-pounder posted 6-10-16 totals and was minus-13 in 34 games with the Flyers.

While the Canadiens didn’t announce financial details, it is a two-year deal worth $8 million. Under new NHL rules this season, following the lockout, teams were permitted to talk to players and their agents as early as July 1, but no contracts can be officially signed until Friday.

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

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2,638 Comments

  1. habstrinifan says:

    Man u guys are fast. I typed my “no Parros comments” submitted and refreshed and presto.. there were 30 posts ahead of me.
    WOW!

    What the freak are u guys doing? Dont you have a freakin life? Get a girlfriend or something! Get a hobby! Develop an interest. Get attached to something that makes you wanna wake up! Oh wait… never mind!!!

  2. habstrinifan says:

    Just woke up. I read about 30 posts… how come no posts re we getting George Parros yet. Whaddya think bout him?

    I’m glad… least we did something.

  3. frontenac1 says:

    Parros!! He’s fu#kin Hilarious! You guys will love him!

  4. Don says:

    Waite was the best pick-up.

  5. on2ndthought says:

    OK, we have no roster room for him, but I say sign Steckel; at least our 4th line could win face-offs.

    “a cannonading drive”

  6. Bill says:

    Did the Habs really sign Parros? That’s interesting. Laughed a little when I read that, hope he’s not another Laraque!

  7. Haborama says:

    If possible we should also add another player who can add depth to D and size, Is Schultz still available?

    That’s it for me today (and probably tomorrow as well) boys.

    I also would like to apologize for my unacceptable and inappropriate behavior over the past few days. I will cease to use CPASLOCK unless something truly urgent has happened, and I will not use stretch any enthusiastic comment out for more than 15 letters.

    Bon chance!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Cheers Haborama. Important days for you.
      And the trading season has only just started! You’ll miss nothing that you can’t catch up on in a second.

  8. Stevie.Ray says:

    Our lineup is pretty much full now, so any more deals will have to involve an eventual trade.

    Pac-DD-Gall11
    Bork-Plek-Gio
    Gally27-Eller-Briere
    Moen-White-Prust
    Parros

    Still need a second pairing D-man
    Subban-Markov
    Diaz-Emelin(+)
    Gorges-Tinordi
    Boullion-Drewiske

    I say Markov, Diaz, Gorges, DD, Gio, Moen, Bork, and maybe Pleks are still trade bait in my opinion.

  9. frontenac1 says:

    Parros!! Porn “stache and all! Now get Gillies and its a Go amigos!

  10. Haborama says:

    He dosen’t even need to fight that often, all he needs to do is hit and provide menace.

    He has that kind of effect on players. Sure he’s not that good a hockey plauyer but almost every team has an enforcer of some kind, why not us?

    TO had 3 last season and they did pretty good.

    • ProHabs says:

      You got that right Haborama. Now Bergevin needs to find 2 more monster forwards and 2 more monster dman and we will be ready for Toronto and Boston.

  11. McHab4Life says:

    Nice, awesome move!! Love It!! We finally have someone who can beat the heck out of Lucic!! Plus Broons lost some toughness (Horton, ference) and we get tougher. Nothin you can’t like about this move….

  12. jedimyrmidon says:

    It’s amazing to see so many posters frothing at the mouth in their discontent with Bergevin.

    They come on here wanting MB to make a big move, the newsworthy move, the perfect move that will somehow put the Habs over-the-top. Well, sorry, that move doesn’t exist at this point.

  13. Haborama says:

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :) :) :) :) :) ;) :) ;) ;) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    i GET BACK FROM A RUN AND I FIND THIS OUT WHOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. thebonscott says:

    GEORGE PARROS!!!!!

    GET BIGGER, GET TOUGHER, GET EVEN.

  15. habtastic74 says:

    Not generally a fan of the enforcers who aren’t good players, but our team gets beaten around so much that I think it works for us. Knowing that Parros will be after you next time you step on the ice should make opposing players think twice. Parros is much scarier than Prust even though Prust is a far superior hockey player.

    All in all, with the low cap hit and giving up nothing of significance, I am fine with this and can’t wait to see that ‘stache in blue, blanc, et rouge.

  16. Timo says:

    Now, I hope Habs were smart enough to write in Parros’ contract that he MUST stick to the red meat diet. None of that vegetarian shi!t.

  17. stephen says:

    Parros is fine for those nights when the team is facing off against a team with their own designated fighter during the regular season, but he will play exactly 0 minutes should the Habs make the playoffs.

  18. Jimmy9Toes says:

    I like the Briere signing, but if that is all MB is going to do, I predict us finishing 4 in our old division set up. I can see Ott and Bos fighting it out for first and the Leafs finishing ahead of us, with only Buf finishing last. I will jump on the bandwagon about the Kristo trade. If he is a fringe player as to making the club in the next 3 or 4 years, why not get someone over 6’1″. I mean didn’t MB watch us get manhandled in the playoffs and for almost all of the games vs the Leafs?

    • aroma says:

      What about Detroit?
      Habs may actually have a legit shot at McDavid in the 2014 draft. IMHO they are at least the weakest team in their division. Unless the Sabres tank even more…

  19. ClutchNGrab says:

    New Thread!!!

  20. Timo says:

    So Parros takes Armstrong’s spot, yes?

  21. Hobie Hansen says:

    Desharnais, Briere, Gionta and Gallagher all just grew a couple inches after Parros was picked up.

  22. Ncognito says:

    Parros not only tough but also bery bery smart – Princeton – Economics major.

  23. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Parros is well known for demonstrating character while smashing faces into pulp. Definitely fits the vision.

  24. durocher says:

    Pleks, Moen and Diaz for Coburn and Talbot?

    Max-DD-Gally11
    Bourque-Briere-Gio
    Gally27-Eller-Talbot
    Prust-White/Dumont-Parros

    Coburn-PK
    Markov-Gorgy
    Cube-Tinordi

  25. steve29 says:

    Parros is the best fighter in the league by a mile and probably the last hab to win a fight since Chris Nilan

  26. Stevie.Ray says:

    Is that the 7th round pick we traded last weekend to Florida?

  27. Hobie Hansen says:

    Mitch Melnick ‏@HunterZThompson 49s

    No kidding. “@SillyMikey: @HunterZThompson I rather have him than Armstrong or Nokoleinen”

    • ProHabs says:

      Exactly. Prust was so worn down and hurting in the playoffs, he couldn’t do anything. Prust shouldn’t have to fight heavyweights. Now Parros can do that. It is about time.

  28. Sportfan says:

    OH DAMN GEORGE PARROS!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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  29. Stevie.Ray says:

    Parros. He can fight, but who cares (besides Prust)? Fighting is pointless.

    Question is: can he play? If he can play then it’s a good fourth line pick up

  30. habs-fan-84 says:

    hypochondriacs Inside Out.com

  31. habs1992 says:

    Sources are telling me the habs are now done for the day.

    I support Carey Price

  32. Timo says:

    So instead of getting tough players who can actually play significant minutes, inflict pain and occasionally score, Habs get Parros who is only good for a fight and then hit the showers the rest of the game.

    Sigh. This is Bob Gainey all over agian.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Parros will drop the gloves with Fraser McLaren in the first minute of game 1. Then they’ll both be done.

      I’m fine with Parros.

      • MauriceMaxwell says:

        This is about keeping Prust healthy more than anything. Parros is also an adequate 4th liner and a good team guy.

        OLE OLE OLE OLE!

      • Timo says:

        Parros is better than nothing but in the grand scheme of things he doesn’t address overall needs for tough players. Habs need players like Lucic, like Neil, Cooke… guys who can eat minutes, score and hurt. We had Laraque and I doubt Parros is a significant upgrade. Every coach would know how to get Parros out of the game and then it’s open season on Subban, Galchenyuk, Gallager, etc for the rest of the 59 minutes.

        • MauriceMaxwell says:

          In the grand scheme I agree, but they are starting to address that problem through the draft.

          OLE OLE OLE OLE!

        • habs-fan-84 says:

          I know you don’t want to hear this, but this is why we drafted McCarron.

          Take Parros out and we still have Prust and White who will go with anyone. Yes, I know they’re still not heavyweights….but I wouldn’t be surprised if MB still adds another “gritty” player like a Ben Eager/Raffe Torres type.

        • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

          I try so hard not to go down the personal path, but enough is enough. Instead of griping on every move and praying for the return of MAB, try watching the occasional game.

          Matt Cooke? Did he prevent Crosby/Malkin from getting hurt? Did Chris Neil – the most loathsome player since … Matt Cooke 1.0?

          Open season? You mean trying to check our players because they have the puck? The Nerve!

          Your shtick wore off a long time ago – Keep your need for instant gratification to yourself

          “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  33. Hobie Hansen says:

    Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun 1m

    Habs picked up Parros so Prust doesn’t have to fight all the heavyweights

  34. AH says:

    Hi all..just coming on..anything happening?, or are the crickets just still chirping along with the commentariet squawking?

  35. krob1000 says:

    lol…eklund was actually close…he was the first to say Ryan moving, thought it was montreal….instead it was ottawa but Montreal was obviously talking to ANA.

  36. Harditya says:

    I feel good about the Parros acquisition, gives Prust some breathing room, doesn’t have to fight everyone.

  37. Hobie Hansen says:

    WOOOOHOOOOOO!

  38. twilighthours says:

    Parros… Huh.

    I’m indifferent. He is tough but can’t play hockey at all.

  39. savethepuck says:

    So we get George Parros for Lefevre and a 7th. Are some people a little happier now.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  40. Trisomy 21 says:

    This site is gonna crash. You heard it here first!

  41. B says:

    I hope Parros works out better than Big Georges did.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  42. habs1992 says:

    WELL WELL, looks like I was right, you guys say a 20 year old can’t have sources HAHAAHAHAH

    I support Carey Price

  43. habs1992 says:

    I CALLED IT, TOLD YOU GUYS I HAVE SOURCES

    I support Carey Price

  44. thehabsfan29 says:

    Parros for Lefebvre & 7th

  45. Bripro says:

    Canadiens acquire George Parros from Florida, in exchange for Philippe Lefebvre and a 7th round pick in 2014.

  46. Sportfan says:

    OH YEAH when I have to go to work Hab rumors fly in I’ll be back later to debate with the rest of you have a great evening everyone hopefully when I get back we have some “toughness”

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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  47. habs1992 says:

    Lucic, One can dream

    I support Carey Price

  48. habs1992 says:

    Geroge Paros, PLEASE DON’T BE TALBOT

    I support Carey Price

  49. habs1992 says:

    Parros

    I support Carey Price

  50. Bripro says:

    Here you go… for those seeking an enforcer,
    Pierre Lebrun has mentioned that the Habs are in trade discussions to pick up some toughness.
    Now, let’s all breathe, and wait and see if it happens.
    “Just chill out!”

  51. Hobie Hansen says:

    Please, please, please let Pierre LeBrun be correct on this one, PLEASE!

  52. FANHABULOUS says:

    Some people here are just crazy, and take any chance they get to moan at MB.

    Sure, I would’ve loved Ryan on the Habs… but as was pointed out in a post below, it would have taken something like Galchenyuk, Collberg and a 1st rounder (not the same style of players, but the same depth chart guys). The reality is, thats what the Ducks would’ve asked for.

    Now think… would you give that up for Ryan? I sure wouldn’t.

    Often not making a move is the better choice folks… so stop dumping on MB for not pulling off trades you fantasize about.
    ____________________________________
    “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.

  53. Sportfan says:

    Any good rumors?

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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    • Habilis says:

      “Dan Kramer ‏@DanKramerHabs
      If we put everything together, sounds like #Habs would be landing Coburn and possibly Talbot in this alleged deal. #GoHabsGo”

      I’m not a huge Talbot fan, but I do like Coburn. Depends who goes, if this comes true.

  54. Timo says:

    Well… i guess most of you blind Bergevin supporters will enjoy watching Habs players mauled come the second half of the season. I guess that site of Eller being carried away was a candy for your eyes. There will be many more of those.

    Habs will lead the league in man games missed.

  55. HardHabits says:

    TANK!!!!!!!

    Ah that felt good!!!

  56. Hstands4Hockey says:

    Pierre LeBrun just tweeted “Hear the Habs are close to dealing for some toughness”.

    Let the speculation begin!

    Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
    @Hstands4Hockey

    • Habilis says:

      “Make it so.”

      -Jean-Luc Picard, Captain, USS Enterprise

    • habtastic74 says:

      Sadly my initial reaction to this (after making sure it wasn’t one of the fake LeBrun feeds) was cringing in fear that we are about to do something stupid instead of being excited about bringing in something that this team really needs.

  57. Hobie Hansen says:

    Arpon Basu ‏@ArponBasu 1m

    Interesting RT @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Hear that the Habs are close to trading for some toughness…

  58. mdp2011 says:

    Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun 28s
    Hear that the Habs are close to trading for some toughness…

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      I hope this means DD is dealt for the rights to that fan who fought Tie Domi.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
      @Hstands4Hockey

  59. mrhabby says:

    can we bring back ryder.

  60. Gerry H says:

    Look at the Ryan deal this way: Anaheim HAD to do this to open up sufficient cap room to resign Selanne and Koivu or their equivalents. After today and with the declining cap, how many other teams are going to be looking to move salary as the summer progresses?

    The Habs will get their big Dman, but it won’t be today.

  61. 24 Cups says:

    Weber signs with Vancouver.

  62. HabFab says:

    Bergevin watching the inter-squad game at 4 and then meeting the press afterwards.

    Marc Antoine Godin – Ça s’annonce tranquille du côté de Marc Bergevin. Il va regarder le match intra-équipe de ses espoirs à 16h et rencontrera les médias après.

  63. Timo says:

    I have an incredible hate on for Bergevin right now.

  64. krob1000 says:

    I am thinking Anaheim is now targeting Iginla or Morrow with that cap room.

  65. on2ndthought says:

    If MB made a trade for Ryan it would have been Galchenyuk, Collberg and a 1st rounder. (not the same style of player, but the same depth chart guys) Silfverberg is going to be real good. Gutsy trade, I wouldn’t have made it.

    “a cannonading drive”

  66. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Dear moderators,

    Why do you continue to allow the same clown to ruin every page of comments by pointlessly mashing his keyboard until a long string of letters stretches the page to twice its necessary width?

    P.S. thanks for fixing the problem about 2 seconds before I posted my comment.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Why don’t these guys, the shouters and multiple exclamation marks guys just stay on the TSN boards and yell at each other over there.

      Speaking of hearing, I can’t take too much loud music
      I mean I like to play it, but I sure don’t like the racket
      Noise, but I can’t hear anything
      Just guitars screaming, screaming, screaming
      Some guy screaming in a leather jacket
      Whoaah!

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        It’s because they know they can get away with it here too. I thought some moderator removed the post I mentioned, but I realise now that we just got a fresh page. Within the hour I expect the same guy to come to this page and do the same thing with the same consequences which is no consequences.

    • twilighthours says:

      Haborama. He is amazing, just became a grandfather and still acting like a seven year old.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        Maybe he doesn’t know how it messed up the smooth scroll. Next time I see him post I’ll politely explain the anguish those posts cause me.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        There’s sometimes much worse here than Haborama. Have you ever seen him attack another poster? I actually kind of enjoy his freak-outs. Sports fandom is just about the only environment where we can all revert to our 7-year-old selves on occasion. And it was around then that the seed was planted for most of us.

        (But I didn’t realise it screws up the page. Is that why my page skids around sometimes? Maybe a polite explanation would be all it takes.)

  67. thehabsfan29 says:

    I would have offered Bourque or DD,Leblanc or Kristo & Thrower plus a 1st for Ryan

    I think that deal for sure beats what the sens gave up

  68. Hockey Bob says:

    TSN1050 in Toronto right now laughing at Habs calling them smurfs who will get mauled in the east.

    • Timo says:

      They are not wrong.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      can’t say I blame them.
      Still get nightmares about the Sens/Habs 1st round and the bitch slapping, ass kicking we took

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      Every year I think “Well at least once this contract is over we’ll have a chance to add some size”. I’m a fool for thinking this. SO sick and tired of watching Habs sign these midgets and get steamrolled in every crucial game.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
      @Hstands4Hockey

  69. twilighthours says:

    If weber to van is true, then good luck to the kid and here’s to hoping he gets a real crack at an NHL job.

    • habtastic74 says:

      He sure was good both times we needed him in the playoffs. I really wanted to get a better look at him last year before cutting him loose. I hope he does well. It must have been frustrating not getting a chance while three different AHL defenders got to play instead of him.

    • savethepuck says:

      Ditto

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  70. Walmyr says:

    “MEGA deal. I had reported Bobby was in play this am, but missed by a few miles (or kilometers). I had heard Montreal..instead Ottawa. Bobby Ryan to the Ottawa Senators for Silverberg, Noesen and a 1st rd pick”
    - Eklund

    Man, this Eklund guy is funny!!!…

    • Hstands4Hockey says:

      Eklund is a joke – only a fool would listen to anything he fabricates.

      Rule #76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion!
      @Hstands4Hockey

  71. habs1992 says:

    Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse.

    I support Carey Price

  72. HabFab says:

    Steve Mears – $316 million spent already today. More mistakes made on this day than on any other day in the year in the NHL.

  73. yakhab says:

    Why does my comment not end up where it’s supposed to !
    Fire that monkey !

  74. Harditya says:

    There’s no hiding, I am really jealous of Ottawa right now. However, here’s a feel good story, Weber finally gets a chance with another team. Wishing you best of luck Yannick, you handled everything with class.

    Yannick Weber signs 1 way deal/ Vancouver 650K


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