It seems the long-standing give-and-take relationship between the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche (see: Patrick Roy, Jose Theodore, David Aebischer, Jocelyn Thibault, Mike Keane, Martin Rucinsky, etc...) has been renewed, kind of.
The Habs have offered defenseman Patrice Brisebois a one-year, $700,000 contract to rejoin the team he won the Cup with back in 1993. Avalanche management had made it pretty clear that he wasn't going to get another offer from them after spending most of last season sidelined with a back injury. Well, sidelined from hockey. He found another hobby to keep himself occupied while still drawing a nice NHL paycheck.
I can't say too much about Breezer's stay with the Avs since he didn't do too much while he was in Colorado---he only played one full season and his performance was so-so. He's more or less at the end of his career anyway, and will likely not play past 2007-08.
At least the guy found work. It's never good to see hockey players forced into retirement from the NHL before they're ready because nobody wants them anymore. That's just sad.
UPDATE: Eyes On The Prize, a Habs blog, has posted their reaction to the Brisebois signing. Let's just say they're a little less than enthusiastic:
My take on Brisebois has always been that he is a player with above average tools, minus the toolbox.