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Bonjour, au revoir: Habs trade Briere to Avs for Parenteau

Jun 30, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT

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Montreal and Colorado have flipped veteran French-Canadian forwards, with Daniel Briere going to the Avs in exchange for P.A. Parenteau.

The trade, first reported by TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, comes after a year in which Parenteau saw his name linked to a number of rumors. The former Islanders winger, who turned 31 in March, still managed to put up decent numbers despite the whispers and a serious knee injury — 14 goals and 33 points in 55 games, one year after he put up 43 points in 48 games during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign.

Briere, 36, just wrapped the first of a two-year, $8 million deal that carries a $4M annual cap hit. His inaugural campaign in Montreal was a disappointment — he sat as a healthy scratch on occasion and finished the year with just 13 goals and 25 points in 69 games, averaging less than 13 minutes a night.

On the surface, the move would appear to be a win for Montreal as they get a forward that’s younger and more productive, though Parenteau has an additional year on his contract compared to Briere. Still, Parenteau can fill the top-six void left by Thomas Vanek and might be charged with a return to Quebec — he was born in Hull and played his junior hockey for QMJHL Chicoutimi.

As for the particulars… Briere had signed with the Habs after getting bought out by Philadelphia last summer and had a no-trade/no-movement clause with Montreal, meaning he needed to sign off on this deal.

Per TSN, the Habs are also getting a fifth-round pick in 2015 as part of the trade.

It’ll be interesting to see what the next 24-48 hours hold for Montreal. The club has reportedly been shopping Josh Gorges’ services and needs to reach a new deal with defenseman P.K. Subban, so we could have plenty more news to report in short order.

Update: Briere’s statement on the deal, per TVA…

Update 2: If it wasn’t obvious enough by that statement, TSN confirms Briere won’t be bought out by the Avalanche and is set to be in the Colorado lineup this fall.

  1. rycoem - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Advantage Montreal – Briere’s tank is empty

    • jernster21 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Maybe so, but now they’re stuck with a guy that turns over the puck inside his own zone constantly and doesn’t back check….but he does pretty good at making it look like he’s skating hard back into the defensive zone. This is a ‘it is what it is’ trade for me as an Avs fan. Wouldn’t be surprised if they only keep Briere for the one year left on his contract and let him walk. I think they just wanted to get rid of PA and his contract mostly. Either way, both players play pretty well with skilled guys and can score when in the right situation so maybe it’ll work out for both teams in that regard.

    • gmpunk75 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      “Advantage Montreal – Briere’s tank is empty” said no one ever!! He’s 31 and they guy they traded away was 36.

      • rdk - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Even if Briere has a terrible season, he’ll make excellent trade bait at the deadline because of the playoff run.

      • rycoem - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Your reading comprehension needs improvement…it is Briere who is 36 and now on his 3rd team in 3 years

  2. roryflyers - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Talbot is stoked.

  3. yanks33 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    As a Avs fan i am dissapointed in this deal

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      dont be…. You got a very good play off player. You will see…. He creates a ton of offense if used the right way. Patrick Roy could use a rock the correct way on the ice if he had to. This is a good trade for the Avs.

    • flyboystransport - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Why, the avs just got one of the most clutch playoff performers in the nhl?

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Could be a win win for both teams. If Parenteau can stay healthy and be as productive as he was this past season, Montreal will do great. If the Avs make the playoffs next season and Briere shows up like he has in past seasons, the Avs could go far.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      I think both teams got a good trade here. Colorado got a playoff guy and Montreal got a regular season guy. If Brierre plays like he did in the playoffs for Montreal Colorado got the better deal. His points may not show but if you actually watched the game and not just the highlight reel like most of you do….. He had a ton of drive creating turn overs and very good scoring chances. On a fast team like Colorado and people that crash the net and can put away some goals. Brierre with some pep in his step again will be a beast for them in the playoffs. Also, hes a veteran which guys like duchene mackinnon and Landeskog need.

  5. shaundre93 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Everyone seems to like to poop on Danny boy but let me tell you, as a B’s fan, that guy can still play. Especially when it counts. He was one of the habs better forwards in my eyes during that series, and that was while playing with plugs like Weise, Moen and Prust. The way Therrien used him was terrible. He is not a 4th liner. He is not great defensively. He’s a scoring forward that needs to be on the ice with players that are better than he is. Get him on the ice with Mackinnon on the PP, or even at 5v5, and I bet he still produces

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      People dont watch the games man…. they only watch highlights. I agree with you in the fullest except he did create turn overs with his speed catching d-men behind the net and just knocking the puck away with his stick.

  6. thefranchise777 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Seems like a steal for the Habs. Avs fans should be a little concerned if Parenteau and Stastny are both removed from the lineup going into next season.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Giving that in a few years Mackinnion will cost upwards of 8 million. Signing stastny to a 8 year deal for 7.5-8.5 is not feasible in the long run. Duchene is signed for a while and so is Landeskog which is great…. but in reality they will have a 3rd line center making 8 million a year???? What team with half a brain would do that? Oh yeah, Probably Pittsburgh.

      It would even be possible for stastny to be considered a 3rd line center this year giving that Roy wants Mackinnon to play as their 2nd line center this year. He may be moved in the playoffs but they want him in the face off cirlce this year. Colorado isn’t dumb…. Theres a reason why they rocked the 90’s and have all these young stars now. I would be a little concerned if your team thinks the way you do….. and no I am not an Avs fan. Its just common sense.

  7. sportsfaninyyc - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    They only rocked the 90’s because they got an awesome Nordiques team. Maybe thank Eric Lindros

    • avscup - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      That is the Dumb comment of the day!

      Patrick Roy was a Nordique?

  8. petersteelewannabe - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    This has nothing to do with the trade…but an interesting side note; both players scored in the shootout on the last day of the season back in 2010 when the Flyers/Rangers played to an OT tie and the winner of the shootout would go on to the playoffs and the loser would not. I have nothing else to offer to the discussion, sorry.

  9. avfanforlife - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    scratching my head… Is this to gain some vet. presence? First thought is Av’s preparing to loose Stats or ROR, but with $21 mil in cap space still, They should just sign them both (even if it costs a little extra each) and pick up one of the veteran D that are free agents now. Puzzle complete.
    2nd thought is about Tanguay… Has he recovered and is he well enough to be on the team in Oct.? (I really hope so – STILL not over the Leopold trade!!)

    • avscup - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Not enough roster space for Stastny, Duchene, ROR and Mackinnon. All centers. Then there is John Mitchell, a very good 4th line center. Get busy with ROR’s contract and spend dome $$ on the blue line. Get Mackinnon on a line with ROR or Landy and Briere or Tanguay and the Avs are strong up front.

    • jernster21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Please quit putting an apostrophe in Avs. Thanks.

  10. billsin20xx - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    The big question – obviously Briere (and Vanek) couldn’t dive enough to crack Therrien’s top 6, that’s why they ended up totally misused as 4th line payers, does Parenteau have the abilitiy to execute the dive move good enough for Therrien???????

  11. bleedrangerblue - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Wow. They got Briere. Ooooo. They got ripped off! Period. Briere is garbage and I’m being nice.

    • avscup - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      You should know what garbage looks like!

  12. phtjoey - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    PA was traded because he’s had run ins with Roy, and Roy won’t have anyone around the team who questions his authority. It’s that simple.

  13. zacmelvinmcnutt - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    The only way this makes sense to me is that the Avs wan’t some veteran presence to help the young guns. Plus this is a young team that is looking to take the next step at making a long playoff run and Briere is a proven clutch playoff performer.

    As for Parenteau? I was never much of a fan. Yeah sure he can produce when he’s playing with studs like Tavares and Duchene, but the guy is soft on the puck, turnover prone and can’t back check to save his life. The guy is not a game changer, he needs the right line mates to elevate his game and do the Habs really have the right guys who can do that? I could see him maybe doing some damage playing on a line with Pacioretty, MAYBE!!

    • jernster21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      Nailed it.

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