Habs give Briere a shot on first line

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The Montreal Canadiens appear eager to give Danny Briere every opportunity to prove that he has plenty left in the tank after being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers this summer. Early on, they’re giving him a look on the first line alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, TSN reports.

Habs head coach Michel Therrien managed to give credibility to the trio sticking together while also leaving the door open to juggle things if needed.

“We’ll try different lines during the camp,” Therrien said on Thursday. “But we already have a good idea of what we want to do.”

Briere, 35, signed a two-year, $8 million contract with Montreal, so the Canadiens would love to see him put it together after a tough couple seasons.

The other new combo featured¬†Christian Thomas skating with Rene Bourque and Tomas Plekanec, although that might have something to do with Brian Gionta sitting out that session because he’s still recovering from surgery on his left biceps tendon.