By Mike Harrington
Daniel Briere has played in Buffalo many times since departing in 2007 but all of those games came while he was with the Philadelphia Flyers. Tonight is a little different for the former Sabres captain as he makes his first trip here with his beloved hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens.
Standing in the Habs dressing room early this afternoon after their pregame skate, Briere was wearing a blue Montreal T-shirt with the classic white C-H Montreal logo and I asked him what it meant to be wearing that logo after playing 16 years in the NHL with three other teams.
"It's pretty cool," Briere said with a wide smile. "I grew up cheering for the Montreal Canadiens so it's special for me personally to wear that uniform, go in and play games and have friends around in the Montreal area. I'm just trying to enjoy every single moment of it."
Briere has four goals and three assists in 14 games for the Habs this season and is playing left wing on the top line with Tomas Plekanac and Rochester-area native Brian Gionta. Briere missed 10 games with a concussion suffered Oct. 19 against Nashville -- his third in the last three years -- but has been back for the last six games.
"He's a good veteran," Habs coach Michel Therrien said today. "We all understand he had great seasons here with the Sabres and I'm sure it's going to be a special night for him to play for the Montreal Canadiens against the Sabres in a place where he had a lot of success."
News columnist Bucky Gleason spoke exclusively to Briere earlier today and they discussed concussions, the Sabres' coach/GM changes and more. Be sure to read Gleason's column in the Thanksgiving Day editions of The News.
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