After the Philadelphia Flyers bought out the final two seasons of his contract, center Danny Briere was unemployed for the first time in a long time, but fortunately, he didn’t have to wait long before another suitor offered him a contract.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Briere and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a 2-year, $8 million contract that would pay Briere for his 16th and 17th NHL seasons. Briere signed a massive, 8-year, $52 million deal with Philly in 2007, but his play dropped off considerably since then, which led to the subsequent buyout by the Flyers.
However, there is certainly something to be said for veteran leadership, and the 35-year-old center can certainly provide that along with a still-solid skillset on the ice. He produced 6 goals and 10 assists last season, but he did so in only 34 games, and if Montreal can keep him healthy and playing, Briere can be productive in their uniform.
This is the type of move that can (and will) fly under the radar, but it could be key for a division-winning team from 2012-2013. The Canadiens are firmly in “win now” mode, and in the short term (and for reasonable money), I love the move of bringing in a veteran presence like Briere.