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Habs and Briere

I received a note today asking about Daniel Briere. Should they/shouldn't they? My quick retort, as it is far too nice out to spend paragraphs waxing on this: Briere is still a very, very useful player, when healthy. He'd immediately improve the PP, and be a solid leader in the dressing room. So sure, he may be a Vinny consolation prize, but I say what the heck. If Briere is available at, say, $3.5-4 million/year on a short term deal, do it.

Other targets (and I should preface by saying there seem to be lots of ex-Habs out there, I'm not focusing on them for any reason other than size, largely). Daniel Cleary would be a great depth add, as he is a solid, veteran checker with a scoring streak. Mike Komisarek would provide depth on defence, but I'd only consider him  at a $500k-$1 million salary. Another decent veteran to add as a 6 or 7 would be Hal Gill, who was bought out today by Nashville. Boyd Gordon would be a gritty fourth line addition, as would Max Lapierre. And lastly, Ryan Clowe would be a target of mine, as he'd add scoring depth to the second line, while providing a very physical presence. If he's not avaialble, how about a year of Guillaume Latendresse, at say $1.25 million? He's out to prove he can still play, and clearly has the size.  

So there ya go, my two cents heading into the frenzy. Briere would be dandy, but he's another small forward. And who knows? The Habs stealing away the Blackhawks goalie coach could be their big offseason signing. I wouldn't be surprised if Marc Bergevin is trying to wheel and deal for size as well. Dustin Byfuglien is a big, solid player that I would certainly target, were he available. 

Back to the sun. Happy July 4th to our neighbours to the South! 

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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