Back in the summer of 2007, Danny Briere was one of the biggest unrestricted free agents on the market and the Quebec native had a chance to come home and play for the Montreal Canadiens.
He chose not to, instead signing an eight-year, $52 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and getting booed at Bell Centre practically every time he visited.
When the final two years of that contract were bought out by the Flyers last week, and Briere suddenly had another opportunity to join the Canadiens, he jumped on it.
The Canadiens and Briere agreed Thursday on a two-year contract reportedly worth $8 million, bringing him back to his home province six years after he spurned a competitive offer from Montreal.
"It was a decision between the two teams that tore me up," Briere said in a conference call with reporters. "But in my heart, I grew up in Quebec and always dreamed of playing for the Canadiens. I feel blessed that I received this second chance. … That's why I wanted to do everything possible to sign with the Canadiens."