Dan Briere hasn’t played a game since October 19, and he’ll be back in the lineup tonight as the Montreal Canadiens take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. On the 19th he suffered a concussion against the Nashville Predators, but has slowly made his way through the league’s protocol prior to returning after head trauma.
As per Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette:
The Canadiens held an optional skate Tuesday morning in Brossard before facing the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690) and announced that Daniel Brière will make his return to the lineup for the game.
Brière had been sidelined since suffering a concussion on Oct. 19 in a game against the Nashville Predators. Brière will play centre on a line with Rene Bourque and Michael Bournival.
Briere signed as a free agent in Montreal this summer after the Philadelphia Flyers bought him out of his lengthy pact with the team. He was supposed to add another dimension to Montreal’s attack, but so far has managed just three points through eight games played.
That’s to be expected for a new player getting used to different systems though, and within a few weeks Briere should be back to his usual creative and intelligent self.
With David Desharnais struggling in a very public way, the Habs can use all the help they can get down the middle right now. Briere is just a different look that head coach Michel Therrien can roll out whenever he wants to add a wrinkle to his game plan.