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Montreal Canadiens Report Cards: Daniel Briere


Daniel Briere wasn’t expected to be a top scorer when he signed a two-year contract but after a slow start to the season, Briere used his experience to settle into his new role and had a good playoff performance.

STATS: 69 Games | 13 G-12 A = 25 P | 30 PIM | +1 | 47.1% Corsi | 3.0 Point Shares
PLAYOFFS: 16 games | 3 G-4 A = 7 P | 4 PIM | -1 | 44.1% Corsi

STORY: Daniel Briere started off the season moving around between lines and positions trying to get him going. After playing on the wing for most of the start, Michel Therrien made him into a healthy scratch and Briere almost immediately started playing better. He was among the better possession players for the Canadiens, mostly due to being sheltered with offensive zone starts but was also one of the better even strength scorers for the team, especially on a per minute basis.

Briere was never expected to be a top six player on this team, but his defensive play was not able to put him in a defensive role. He was stuck in a fourth line role in order to exploit other team’s less talented fourth lines.

It was that role where he excelled in the playoffs. With Michael Bournival and Dale Weise, Briere used the matchups to dominate the fourth lines of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. Against the more evenly matched New York Rangers, they didn’t have as much possibilities to score.

Briere scored possibly the biggest goal of the Canadiens season when he put in a power play goal off of Zdeno Chara in the third period of Game 7. He was also big on some of Dale Weise’s goals.

GRADE: C
Briere was disappointing for most of the season, but really settled into his exploitative role on the fourth line where the Canadiens could expect him to start next year. He finished the season right around where the Canadiens thought he would be, especially on a per minute basis.

His grade would have been higher based on his playoff performance and now that they made the adjustment and he’s used to his role it may improve in year two.

FUTURE: Briere has one year remaining at $4 million which is high for what his role is on this team. The team would love to be able to move him and use that money elsewhere, but if he gets more of a role on this team and maybe a few more minutes he could put up more from a production standpoint.

With Briere, it was always the aura surrounding his playoff performance. It turned out, he gets up for those moments. His playoff performance – and the big goals he was on the ice for – was a nice boost for this team.

2014-2015: $4,000,000
2015-2016: Unrestricted Free Agent

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  • MikebVT

    C is too high of a grade. This was a mistake and a waste of $4 million for two years..it eats up cap space for a player with a very little role.

  • Sharon

    We love Briere he creates plays.The Habs should keep him and play him more often he has lots of experience in playoffs.

    • MikebVT

      Wow how much hockey dd youi watch last year….just the playoffs…you must think Bourque is the best player on the team.

      • Sharon

        What’s your problem? Me and my husband have been watching hockey since you were in diapers honey and I wasn’t writing to you I was just commenting that we love Briere and he was great.My husband has been a Hbs fan for over 45 yrs so don’t try to teach us about who is the best player.

        • MikebVT

          I have been a habs fan for 40+ years but I don’t know what that has to do with it. You were saying to “play him more” and to that I say you don’t know what you are talking about. He was a mistake to sign and is too small and past his prime.

          • Sharon

            We still love Briere anyway.Bourque sucks!

          • MikebVT

            I agree on Bourque they should look to move him but loving Briere must be a french canadien thing. That is the kind of thinking that got us Denis Savard while we geve up Chris Chelios (probably worst trade in Habs history). Briere is a waste of cap space.

          • Sharon

            Oui!oui! out two worst trades Lanway,Englomb,Garvis,Loughlin for Ryan Walter and Rick Green.Secondly John Leclerc,Eric Dejardin and Jilbert Dionne for Mark Recci.Those two trades set the Habs back 50 yrs.Not to mention the Roy trade.Those are our trades what about yours?

          • MikebVT

            I agree those were terrible trades. Did you see Briere got traded

          • Sharon

            I hope the guy from Colorado will be good.He does have some knee problems though.We will miss Briere.So who is your favorite player?

          • MikebVT

            Probably Dryden or Lafleur thats tough call I really loved the 70s habs

          • Sharon

            My husband loved Gump Worsley but when you get right down to it Guy Lafleur was his favorite he has a jersey with # 10 on it.No one dominated a game like Guy.He’ll never forget the too many men on the ice goal against the Bruins.

  • Sharon

    Let me tell you about Jean Beliveau!

  • Sharon

    Yeah man very sad though but let’s wait and see