Brisebois: The return
“This is an amazing day for me. What else can I say? I’m back with the team that drafted me and my family couldn’t be happier to be coming back to Montreal. I feel like a little kid. I even taped my sticks up yesterday I was so excited.”in the summer bargain bin, so it's an interesting call that GM Bob Gainey is going back with a player who was essentially run out of town before the lockout.
The Habs certainly had a need for another offensive-minded defenceman with both Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet having flown the coop, but Brisebois? At 36 and coming off of a terrible, injury-riddled season, it's anyone's guess what sort of a contribution he'll be ready to make next season, and you can bet the notoriously prickly Canadiens faithful will be all over him for any missteps along the way.
Montreal's defence looks to break down like so next season:
Markov - Hamrlik
Bouillon - Dandenault
Komisarek - Brisebois
Gorges - Streit
Mark Streit doubled as a forward late in the year and will probably fit into that role again, and Gorges's playing time was quite limited after he came over in the Rivet deal from San Jose. Still, how well does this blueline stack up with the one that struggled at times as part of a non-playoff team last season?
It looks like a minor downgrade, depending on the season Roman Hamrlik has, and the team's burgeoning goaltending trio is going to have its work cut out for it this season. Montreal allowed the third most shots against in 2006-07.