Montreal Canadiens' Daniel Briere to face former team
Published Saturday, October 5, 2013 2:09PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, October 5, 2013 7:00PM EDT
It may be a dream come true for Daniel Briere to suit up for the Canadiens, but reality is about to set in as the Habs gear up to face his former team Saturday night.
Briere was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers for six seasons before he was bought out. He signed a two-year deal with the Habs this summer.
Speaking to reporters at the Brossard practice rink, Briere said he’s happy to get this reunion, of sorts, out of the way early in the season.
“Obviously for me personally it’s not a normal game, you’re facing your ex-teammates, a lot of friends, so it will be a little tougher but I really believe playing at home makes it a little easier,” he said.
Briere stressed there were no hard feelings between him and the organization, saying they treated him with class.
The Gatineau native said everything turned out well in the end, now that he is playing for his childhood team.
And having been traded before, Briere knows what it’s like to go up against former teammates. Staying focused is tough, he said, but now that he’s older and more mature, he’s banking on being able to concentrate on the game and put personal history behind him.
“Once the puck drops, they have a job to do, we have a job to do and you have to leave the friendship until after the game.”
The Canadiens announced Saturday Max Pacioretty won’t be playing in Saturday’s game, a 7 p.m. start at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty left midway through the season opener Tuesday with a wrist injury.
Michael Bournival will play his first NHL game with the Habs Saturday. The Shawinigan native is to replace enforcer George Parros, who fell face first onto the ice during a fight Tuesday and sustained a concussion.