Daniel Briere injury update
The Montreal Canadiens didn’t mince words when giving an update on Daniel Briere, who left Saturday’s contest against the Nashville Predators after taking a hard blow to the head. According to TSN.com, Montreal confirmed that the diminutive forward had sustained a concussion following a shot from Eric Nystrom, though a time table for his return wasn’t offered.
Nystrom will face no disipline from the NHL, as the league has already stated that the contact was unintentional. You be the judge.
Briere hasn’t had much luck since signing with Montreal as a free agent over the summer. The Habs thought that Briere just needed a fresh start after getting bought out of his $52 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, and handed him a two-year pact worth $8 million.
Pulling on the Canadiens sweater hasn’t magically restored Briere to his 2006-07 form. This is a guy that is six years removed from his best season in the league and that has seen his ceiling drop to the mid-40′s at best.
It’s unclear at this point how long Briere will be out with the concussion, but the injuries are certainly starting to pile up for Montreal. They lost tough guy Brandon Prust during Saturday’s game, and are already with Max Pacioretty and Alexei Emelin, among others.