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October 15, 2013 | 10:33am ET
Briere ready to battle for ice time
TheFourthPeriod.com

Daniel Briere has struggled since the puck dropped to open the 2013-14 season and as a result has been moved down to the team's fourth line.

Briere, who signed with the Canadiens as a free agent in July, is expected to start Tuesday night's game against Winnipeg on a line with Travis Moen and Michael Bournival.

"The last game in Vancouver, our unit didn't play very well, and I knew that with Brian Gionta coming back there would be some changes," Briere told the Montreal Gazette. "I can't let it worry me. Things change fast. All four lines have been chipping in and I know that wherever I'm slotted, I have to respond."

Briere, 36, has just one assist in his first five games with the Habs to start the season. The Canadiens need more production from the veteran, and placing him on the team's fourth line is certainly a message Briere's hearing loud and clear.

"(Head coach Michel Therrien) has said it from the start that this is the way it's going to go," said Briere. "There are some guys who have stepped up early and they deserve the ice time. In my case, I've always been something of a slow starter. Right now, I'm getting caught on the outside and it's up to me to get back in.

"You can't panic, but the most important thing is the team. Personally, it's not the ideal start, but it's only five games. There's a long way to go. The bottom line is that I know I can play better and it's up to me to produce."


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