Montreal Canadiens sign Daniel Briere to two-year deal

Thursday July 4th, 2013

Daniel BriereDaniel Briere managed just six goals and 22 points with the Flyers this season. (Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Let the Smurf jokes begin.

Chris Johnson of Sportsnet is reporting that former Flyer Daniel Briere has agreed to a two-year deal with the Canadiens. The deal will reportedly pay Briere $4 million per season.

Philadelphia cut the diminutive forward loose earlier this week, using a compliance buyout to create space under the salary cap. Briere is coming off a disappointing season during which he scored just six goals and 22 points, but the Canadiens obviously believe Briere can still contribute in a top-six role and chip in on the power play.

Withe Briere in the lineup, the Habs could dress as many as five forwards listed at 5-foot-10 and under. With just over $5 million left under the cap, there's a chance Montreal GM Marc Bergevin may look to address that shortcoming by adding a forward with size in free agency. Former Ranger Ryane Clowe would be an obvious choice.

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