Montreal planned on acquiring a veteran center this offseason. They missed out on the Vinny Lecavalier sweepstakes after the former Lightning captain signed a four-year pact with the Philadelphia Flyers, but now have managed to grab said veteran center- and he’s a former Flyer, no less.
Danny Briere, who was chosen with the 24th overall choice in the 1996 draft by Phoenix, will be joining the Canadiens on a two-year deal worth a reported $8 million. Briere’s contract with the Flyers was terminated this offseason after Philadelphia opted to use a compliance buyout on the 35-year-old forward.
Briere has 659 points in 847 career NHL games since entering the league with the Coyotes back in 1997. He spent the first five years of his career in Phoenix, before being dealt to Buffalo at the trade deadline back in 2003. He played there until 2007, when he left the Sabres to join Philadelphia as a free agent.