(continued from the previous post)
After 14 seasons with the Habs, the last 4 increasingly difficult due to fans' discontent, Breezer signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent. He had a career-high 38 points (and second-highest goal total with 10, five less than his 2000-01 best) in his first season, while injuries limited him to 33 games the following season (11 points). He was playing behind Rob Blake and John-Michael Liles at this point in his career.
This card is from Upper Deck's 2005-06 Series 2 set (card #296).
After two seasons away, Brisebois made it back to the Canadiens on back-to-back one-year contracts where he retained his Avalanche jersey number (71), perhaps a way to cut ties with the past and start anew. He played his 1000th NHL game in a Habs uniform, serving as mentor for the team's young defensemen.
The two items I have of this era are both team-issued cards he included in the mailing without my asking. First, a team-issued postcard, which he personalized (transated, it means ''Kindly, Sébastian''):
And this 2008 Molson Export Montréal Canadiens Alumni card (#71), with the team's Centennial shoulder patches:
All in all, a tremendous return (7/5 !!) from a unique homegrown player who is now the team's Player Development Coach, a position in which he'll concentrate on the organization's defensive prospects. It is of note that when I sent him these cards along with a fan letter on March 22nd, he had not yet been named to the position.