Former Sabre becomes Habs' assistant GM

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 8:00 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by James Fink

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Former Sabre becomes Habs' assistant GM

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 8:00 AM EDT

Larry Carriere, a former Buffalo Sabres player and front office executive, has been named assistant general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.

Carriere, 58, a Montreal native, will oversee the Habs' player personnel department. Since 2004, he had been a pro scout with the Washington Capitals organization.

"Larry brings with him an important background in the NHL in several key areas such as recruitment, player evaluation and player development," said Pierre Gauthier, Montreal general manager.

A second round pick in 1973 by the Sabres, Carriere was one of the team's anchors on defense until he was traded to Atlanta in 1975. Carriere played 206 regular season games for the Sabres, scoring 52 points on nine goals and 43 assists.

Overall, Carriere played 357 regular season games for the Sabres, Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Carriere graduated from Montreal's Loyola College in 1972 with a business degree and also attended the University of Michigan.

After his playing days ended, Carriere joined the Sabres' front office, first as a scout and then assistant general manager for 10 seasons, beginning in 1995 and lasting through 2004.

Carriere said joining the Canadiens, especially as a native Montreal resident, is the thrill of a lifetime.

"I have a great deal of respect for the tradition of the organization and the passion of the fan base," he said.

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