A deal that was rumored to go down at last year’s trade deadline officially went down today as the Colorado Avalanche traded P.A. Parenteau and a 5th round pick in the 2015 draft to the Montreal Canadiens for Daniel Briere.
Briere, 36, is coming off a rather disappointing season, only posting 25 points in 69 games. Parenteau, 31, had a disappointing year as well (at least by his standards) as he only scored 33 points in 55 games. Both players are slated to make $4 million next season. This is the final year on Briere’s contract while Parenteau has one more year on his contract following this upcoming season. He had a no-trade clause, which means he was willing to waive it in order to come to Colorado.
Parenteau seemed to fall out of favor a bit with Patrick Roy in Roy’s first year as a head coach. Not only did Parenteau battle injuries, but he couldn’t seem to stick with one line throughout most of the season, which came as a shock to many given the success he had playing alongside Matt Duchene in his first year in Colorado (43 points in 48 games). He was rumored to be on the trade block at the NHL trade deadline, but the Avalanche stuck with the team that got them that far. After a very disappointing playoff performance, Parenteau’s name once again appeared on the block before today’s trade.
In Briere, the Avs are getting a veteran and a proven playoff performer. Despite a poor regular season, Briere put up 7 points in 16 playoff games. In 124 playoff games, Briere has tallied 116 points and 13 game-winning goals.
Thoughts: My final thoughts on this deal will be determined after I see what Colorado does in free agency. If Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly are back on the team, Daniel Briere becomes a more than capable third line center who with invaluable playoff experience. If the Avs expect Briere to fill a top six role though, then this trade has the potential to be a disaster. This deal, like the Steve Downie for Max Talbot deal, is another example of the Avs thinking ahead. They don’t take on any extra salary and save $4 million a year ahead of schedule.