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Canadiens sign Daniel Briere to a two-year deal

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the signing of free agent forward Daniel Brière to a two-year contract (2013-14 to 2014-15).

“Daniel Brière brings a great deal of skills, experience and leadership to our team and he is a significant addition to our group of forwards. Daniel showed a great desire to pursue his career in Montreal and we are very happy that he committed to playing in Montreal for the next two seasons,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

“ I am very excited at the opportunity to join the Montreal Canadiens. It’s an organisation I looked up to throughout my youth and I really look forward to putting on the Habs jersey and contribute to the success of the team,” said Daniel Brière.

Brière, 35, notched 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 34 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012-13. The right winger tallied three of his goals on the powerplay and added one winning goal. Brière recorded 87 shots on goal and served 10 penalty minutes, while averaging 16:03 of ice time per game.

Since his debut in 1997-98, Brière has recorded 659 points (286 goals, 373 assists) in 847 NHL regular-season games. The 5’10’’, 179 lbs forward has scored 102 of his goals on the powerplay and added 39 winning goals. He has served 696 penalty minutes. Brière took part in two All-Star games (2007 and 2011), being named the game’s MVP in 2011. He has added 109 points (50 goals, 59 assists) in 108 career NHL playoff contests, including 20 powerplay goals and 13 winning goals.

A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Brière was the Phoenix Coyotes’ second pick (first round, 24th overall) at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the Canadiens, Brière played with the Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres and Flyers during his NHL career.

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