Friday really was Free Agent Frenzy, but the Montreal Canadiens made their most significant move Thursday when they signed Danny Briere to a two-year, $8 million contract. At 35, the tiny forward was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers and is now returning to his home province of Quebec.

“To be able to come home and have my family and friends close by, that was a big factor in my decision,” Briere said in a conference call. “Deep down, I’ve always wanted to play for the Canadiens. This is a huge honor for me.”

Briere has been a dominate player throughout his career. In 847 games, he has 286 goals and 373 assists. But his production has slowed down quite a bit lately, with only six goals and 10 assists in 34 games last year. In the conference call, Briere admitted to his poor play and wants to be better.

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