Before I even start, I know that most Habs fans HATE the fact that Gainey is signing Brisebois...
I'm not one of those. I am actually excited to have him back and think he could be a great asset for our team. Patrice was chased out of Montreal by the fans and the media, and it was not pretty, that is a fact. However, his homecoming could be better than most expect. Here's why:
1. The most important reason Brisebois will be better this go around is because he will NOT be a top 2 guy...he will most likely be after Hamrlik, Komisarek, Bouillon and Markov, making him at LEAST the 5th Dman...that makes a huge difference. He will be playing against checking lines, not top forwards. He will not have the pressure of being our top guy and he will be free to do his job.
2. He moves the puck well, which is very important in the Montreal style of play.
3. Brisebois is 36, and while that may not help his PLAY, it will help his leadership. Our team is fairly young, with alot of 1st/2nd year players as well as guys coming up from Hamilton on and off. Patrice, if he embraces it, can be a veteran the kids can look up to.
4. He is going to cost us under 1Million, which doesn't happen alot with veterans, good or bad.
The main and most important factor in whether Brisebois does well has nothing to do with Patrice, it is all on us...the fans. If we give Patrice a chance, he can be a great asset on our defense. If we don't give him a chance than he is as good as dead...
So I plead with everyone, give Patrice a chance!!!!