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Brisebois back for another year

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Friday the signing of defenseman Patrice Brisebois to a one-year contract (2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Brisebois, 37, rejoined the Canadiens as a free agent on August 3, 2007.  During the 2007-08 season, he registered 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Canadiens, averaging 16:49 minutes of ice time per game. He also participated in 10 playoff games, recording six points (one goal, five assists).

"I'm really excited to be back with the team," said Brisebois.  "The team is celebrating 100 seasons, I'm 53 games away from 1,000, and there's so much more that's going on this year that I really want to be a part of.

"We're happy to have him back," said Gainey. "He's a Montrealer, he's spent most of his career here, he's got skills and he wants to be here.  We're lucky to be able to call on a guy like that."

Brisebois (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) spent the first 14 seasons of his career in a Canadiens uniform. He played two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche in 2005-06 and 2006-07. The Montreal native took part in 947 career regular season games in the NHL, totaling 402 points (93 goals, 309 assists).

A member of the 1993 Stanley Cup champion Canadiens, Brisebois has appeared in 88 career playoff games with the Canadiens.

Brisebois was selected in the second round by the Canadiens (30th overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.  Entering his 16th NHL season, there was only one place the veteran rearguard could envision himself in 2008-09.

"I really wanted to be back with the Canadiens," admitted Brisebois. "I still love what I do, and I still have the drive and the passion to win.  And with the additions of Robert Lang, Alex Tanguay and Georges Laraque, we've added lots of experience and the young guys have the experience too.  We're in a great position to go even further this year."

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