“Daniel is a veteran who brings experience to our hockey club. We’re looking forward to him joining our team,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President Joe Sakic.
A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Briere played one season with the Habs, signing a two-year deal after being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers. The 36-year-old forward scored 25 points in 69 games. He added seven points in 16 playoff games, despite being relegated to the fourth line. He was even a healthy scratch for one contest. He had to waive his no-trade clause to join the Avalanche.
A 16-year veteran, Briere has 684 points in 916 games for the Habs, Flyers, Buffalo Sabres and Phoenix Coyotes. His stats have been even more impressive in the postseason, where he has 116 points in 124 games. He is a two-time All-Star and twice represented Canada at the World Championships, winning gold in each.
Missing time with a knee injury, Parenteau scored 33 points in 55 games for the Avalanche last season. The 31-year-old forward also added three points in seven playoff games. He was in the second year of a four-year deal with the Avalanche. In 291 NHL games with the Avalanche, Islanders, Rangers and Blackhawks; Parenteau has 205 points. He is a native of Hull, Quebec.
Salary-wise, the move is a wash. Both carry a cap hit of $4 million, with Brier’s deal for one more year and Parenteau’s for two. The Avalanche are adding experienced player, who plays a responsible two-way game to their youthful group of forwards. For the Canadiens, they add a playmaking winger that they are said to have coveted for a while, and rid themselves of a player that has clearly fallen out of favor with Habs management.