An assist on an empty-net goal isn’t going to be enough to keep Daniel Briere in the mix as a top-six forward with the Montreal Canadiens. He was the most noteworthy offseason pickup for the Habs, and arrived to much fanfare as a quick and creative forward that was looking to revive his career after trailing off badly with the Philadelphia Flyers.
It appears that a fresh start hasn’t been enough to jump-start Briere’s game however. His only point on the year was the assist on Max Pacioretty’s empty-netter against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. With so many other forwards playing well and Brian Gionta set to return from his leave of absence, someone had to get the bump down.
After practicing on a line with Travis Moen and Michael Bournival yesterday, that someone was obviously Briere. The Montreal Gazette originally noted the change, and Briere had this to say about the demotion:
You can’t panic, but the most important thing is the team. Personally, it’s not the ideal start, but it’s only five games (into the season). There’s a long way to go. The bottom line is that I know I can play better and it’s up to me to produce. The last game I found myself on the wrong side of things because I did things I would have done under the old system. I have to reach the point where I do the right thing without thinking.
Montreal is set to take on the Winnipeg Jets later on this evening.