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Briere to join Canadiens with two-year contract

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Briere to join Canadiens with two-year contract
The Montreal Canadiens and forward Danny Briere have agreed on a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday. TSN and ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports it is worth $8 million. The Philadelphia Flyers bought out the final two years of Briere's eight-year, $52 million contract last week.
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Montreal - July 4, 2013 - The Montreal Canadiens and forward Danny Briere have agreed on a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

TSN and ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports it is worth $8 million.

"I am very excited at the opportunity to join the Montreal Canadiens," Briere said in a statement. "It's an organization 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."

The Philadelphia Flyers bought out the final two years of Briere's eight-year, $52 million contract last week.

Briere, 35, signed with the Flyers in the summer of 2007 and had at least 25 goals in three of his six seasons, helping the team reach the Eastern Conference Final twice and get to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010. In 15 NHL seasons, Briere, a 1996 first-round pick (No. 24) of the Phoenix Coyotes, has 286 goals and 659 points in 847 games with the Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres and Flyers.

He had his worst offensive season in 2012-13, finishing with six goals and 16 points in 34 games.

"Daniel Briere brings a great deal of skills, experience and leadership to our team, and he is a significant addition to our group of forwards," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. "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."

Briere said last week he wasn't surprised when the Flyers told him he was going to be bought out and said he appreciated the way the team handled the situation.

"They were respectful the whole time," Briere said. "It wasn't an easy thing for them, either, meeting with me and having to break the news. But they did it with a lot of class. I'll always be grateful for that and also my time here as a Flyer."

Briere, a native of Gatineau, Quebec, said then he would like to play at least two or three more seasons. He chose the Canadiens reportedly over the New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators.






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