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Daniel Briere and Vincent Lecavalier

  • Anytime a talented French Canadian hockey player is a free agent or on the trading block, the Montreal Canadiens rumors begin to swirl.

    Daniel Briere and Vincent Lecavalier find themselves both in that situation.

    Briere who scored 95 points with the Sabres this year is an unrestricted free agent. Vincent Lecavalier who may have been the NHL’s best forward this season is on a Tampa team that can’t afford to keep their 3 big stars.

    It’s far more likely that Montreal would make Briere an offer than Tampa willingly dispense of Lecavalier. But if Tampa’s problems are as bad as they are rumored to be, and Lecavalier does go somewhere, Montreal would be a logical choice for obvious reasons.

    Neither would come cheaply.

    Carey Price is the name that comes up when Lecavalier’s does. Tampa has had terrible goaltending sturggles since winning the Cup and losing Khabibulin in 2004. Bob Gainey’s surprise 5th overall pick signed with the Canadiens in April. Gainey’s surprise pick is now a potential bargaining chip gaining in value. Price certainly wouldn’t go alone in a one for one swap and there are only so many talented players and prospects in the Canadiens organization.

    This is assuming the Canadiens could even make room to afford either of these high price tags.

    Lecavalier is a franchise player who would be Montreal’s first home grown Superstar in many many years. It’s easy to imagine the excitement and energy in Montreal if Vinny ever became a Hab. The Canadiens would instantly be a better team.

    Briere is an offensively gifted scorer – but another diminutive Center on a Canadiens roster that has been lacking size and strength for a very long time.

    Should the Canadiens actively pursue either of them? Do they try and trade the farm for Lecavalier? Or shuffle some money and players around and give Briere a competitive offer with a slice of hometown stardom being the incentive?

  1. isn’t Drury a free agent this summer too? Just cuz hes not quebecois doesnt mean that the habs cant put in an offer…if briere stays in buffalo, the sabres cant keep both forwards.
    Drury is also a huge physical presence on the ice, and isnt afraid to take a puck to the body, that might just be what the Habs need.

  2. #2 MadManPaddy says:
    June 17, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Montreal is positioning themselves for Vinnie when he is a UFA. Gainey has already stated that publicly and Vinnie has reciprocated that Montreal is his favorite team. Briere will never be a Hab because he is too small…period. I’m hearing that Bob is targeting Hartnell. He is a born leader who will someday be captain material. He may be the one to succeed Koivu. I know……HARTNELL….where did that come from….work ethic and attitude folks……this guy has them both in spades.

    Moneyinthebank…..I agree with you about trading Huet…..he is solid but not quite what we all thought he was…star material. I truly beleive that if he was given the reins, PRICE could lead this team…..hold the snickers and the whats??? Anybody on this blog old enough to remember Mr. P. Roy??? Well I am. He was a junior standout but virtual unknown at NHL ranks and look what he did. Not too much of a stretch to think PRICE could do the same. Montreal has been stuck in the “we don’t want to rebuild but we cannot afford to not rebuild” void for too long. No established players want to come to Montreal….if thats the case then the only choice is too rebuild….start this year…get rid of Mr. Kovalev and Mr. Koivu(maybe minny will want him..his brothers there)….if we start to rebiuld this year, with Price, Plekanec, Higgins, Kostsitsyn,potentially Hartnell, etc…..add in Mr. Lecavalier in a year or 2 and presto…..playoffs baby and maybe even a CUP!

    Make the choice BOB…..either get in the kitchen and get those buns baked or go home. Time to stop blowin in the wind.

  3. #3 Sabres48 says:
    June 19, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Don’t even think about getting Briere. He’s staying with Buffalo. When the Sabres win the cup next season and Briere scores the GWG you’ll all be wishing you had him.

  4. #4 Varley Jr says:
    February 8, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Just put both of them on the Habs for Huet and Ryder. Than the habs will have a really good chance of winning the cup for the 26th time.

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