Sports shorts: Briere, Canadiens agree on 2-year deal

2013-07-05T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Briere, Canadiens agree on 2-year dealThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MONTREAL - Danny Briere is unlikely to hear any more boos at Bell Centre.

The free agent forward from Gatineau, Quebec, agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Philadelphia Flyers last week used a compliance buyout on the final two seasons of the eight-year, $52 million deal Briere signed in 2007. Because he turned down an offer from the Canadiens to sign with the Flyers that year, Briere was booed whenever Philadelphia visited Montreal. The 35-year-old had only six goals and 10 assists in the lockout shortened 2013 season.

• Patrik Elias is staying in New Jersey after the Devils forward signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract on Thursday, one day before he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. Elias has spent his entire 15-year career with the Devils. He leads the franchise with 375 goals, 555 assists and 930 points in 1,090 career games.

• The Boston Bruins sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars for fellow forward Loui Eriksson as part of a seven-player trade. In addition to Eriksson, the Bruins also acquired forwards Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and defenseman Joe Morrow in the deal announced Thursday. Dallas receives Seguin, forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button.

Auto Racing

NASCAR confiscates roof flaps from 31 cars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before Thursday's practices at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection. Penalties could be possible. The cars involved included all three Joe Gibbs Racing entries (Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth), all three Roush Fenway Racing entries (Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries (Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip) and both Roger Penske Racing entries (Joey Logano and defending series champion Brad Keselowski).

Miscellaneous

Smith, Prigioni to stay with Knicks

NEW YORK - J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying in New York to help the Knicks build on their best season in nearly a decade. The Sixth Man of the Year and the point guard from Argentina both agreed to multiyear deals Thursday, their agents confirmed.

• Tyson Gay ran the year's second-fastest 100 meters Thursday, finishing in 9.79 seconds in a win at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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