Reliable sources this evening report former Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere has decided to sign with the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He can’t officially sign with the Canadiens until after noon ET on July 5, but it’s believed his new contract is two years, $8 million, for a cap hit of $4 million per season.
Six years after spurning the Canadiens for the Flyers, Briere is finally a Hab. Unfortunately, he’s now six years old (35), has a lengthy injury history (including concussions), and his declining numbers suggest he’s no longer a first-line player.
Briere has always played bigger than his physical size, and has a well-deserved reputation for clutch performance in the playoffs. That being said, I don’t think he’s a good addition for the Canadiens. Six years ago, yes. Not now.
Briere can bring some leadership and experience, but not first line skill on a regular basis. At best, he’ll provide depth for their second line, provided he can avoid injury. I’m not questioning his desire and his remaining skills, but it’s apparent he’s entering the twilight of his career. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong, but I doubt it.