Jan 25, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; The Montreal Canadiens including P.K. Subban (76) and Josh Gorges (26) and Michael Bournival (49) head back to the dressing room after the game against the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre. The Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens Rumor: What Really Is Going On With Colorado Avalanche Talks?

Feb 4, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque (17) celebrates his goal against Calgary Flames with teammates during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

With an Olympic break trade freeze about to set in on Friday afternoon, trade talks around the National Hockey League have begun to pick up. Oddly, Montreal Canadiens rumors have gone fairly quiet.

That is, except for the ongoing circus between the Habs and the Colorado Avalanche.

First we heard that the Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin turned down a deal that would have sent Rene Bourque to Denver for P.A. Parenteau. Things turned to chaos as fans could not believe how Bergevin could do such a thing.

Feb 3, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing P.A. Parenteau (15) scores the game tying goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Then, the actual details came out, and we learned that Colorado wanted the Habs to keep paying Bourque and also send young winger Sven Andrighetto to the Avs as well.

The rumors hit a fever pitch when Parenteau was then made a healthy scratch for a pair of games. Parenteau would be put back in the Avs lineup against the Buffalo Sabres and had points in his next two contests.

A day later we found out the Habs were possinly targeting rugged winger Jamie McGinn, and the names of Bourque and Parenteau were tossed around in discussion as well.

Things began to settle down and then Mike Chambers posed a blog saying that the Canadiens might give up P.K. Subban for Parenteau, draft picks and prospects.

With all the smoke here there must be a small fire at least.

Feb 2, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Daniel Briere (48) misses a chance to score a goal against Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya (35) during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Parenteau is 30 years old and a good offensive winger. The thing is, the Habs already have similar players in Daniel Briere and Brian Gionta. Parenteau would be an upgrade on either of those veteran wingers, but not enough of one to be trading assets to bring him in.

If the Avs were willing to take Briere in a trade for Parenteau, then I would be the first to endorse it. Would the Avs be interested in trading for Briere?

When Colorado traded Steve Downie for Max Talbot earlier in the season, they cited his playoff experience as the biggest reason to bring him in. Are the Avalanche still looking for playoff vets to surround their excellent young core of Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog? If so, Briere has 109 points in his playoff career, while the entire Avalanche roster has 125 career postseason points.

Feb 1, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Daniel Briere (48) celebrates his goal against Tampa Bay Lightning with teammate defenseman P.K. Subban (76) during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Also, it may be coincidence but Briere was moved back to the wing and given a chance to showcase his skills on a line with Tomas Plekanec days after the Montreal-Colorado rumors went viral. The Avs are stacked down the middle and may have wanted to see what Briere could do on the wing before making a deal.

I know it is not a popular opinion that Briere has much trade value, and I would agree with that sentiment for the most part. However, he has one of the best playoff resumes of all active NHLers, and the skilled young forwards in Colorado could use another veteran in their room, before heading into their first or second playoff appearance.

Briere and Parenteau both have 4 million dollar cap hits this season and next, but Parenteau has another year remaining beyond next season, when Briere’s contract ends.

Feb 4, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque (17) scores a goal against Calgary Flames goalie Reto Berra (29) as defenseman Ladislav Smid (3) and center Mikael Backlund (11) defend during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

So maybe the Avalanche are not that interested in Rene Bourque, but the Habs were more willing to move Bourque than Briere. I believe it is very possible that the Avalanche liked the line combinations they had when Parenteau was injured recently, and would move him for a similar player with playoff experience.

What About Subban Rumor?

But what about this Subban trade that Chambers was talking about? Parenteau, picks and prospects for Subban does not seem to make much sense from a Habs point of view.

Anyone in the league would be excited to being in Subban, and let’s just say for arguments sake that he is available. It would take a lot of picks and prospects in addition to Parenteau to get a deal done.

Does Chambers consider Nathan MacKinnon a prospect? He must, because that is the only prospect that would be close to a big enough piece that could pry Subban out of Montreal.

Jan 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) scores the go ahead goal past Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) in the third period at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

So MacKinnon, Parenteau and a first round pick from the Avalanche for Subban? May be too much for Habs to ask for and it leaves Habs with too many forwards and not enough defensemen. This is where Briere and Bourque’s names would come up in the conversation. However, then the Avalanche don’t like their cap situation once Subban is re-signed, and the Habs still need a defenseman in return.

Well, the Habs just dealt Raphael Diaz and are now moving Subban, which leaves them without a right handed defenseman. That would leave the Habs wanting Erik Johnson or Tyson Barrie, and I would guess Barrie would be the best fit.

Barrie is young and has lots of offensive upside. He has 19 points in 39 games this season, and will be looking for a significant raise when his entry level contracr runs out in June.

To give up Barrie, you would have to think that the Avalanche will need a bit of a sweetener to the deal. They already have a weak defense, and though Subban improves it, they still need some help back there. The Avs are on their way to a playoff berth, and will be one of the NHLs top teams in the future, so they want a good young defenseman, and demand Jarred Tinordi if Barrie comes to Montreal.

Jan 25, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) checks Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8) during the first period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Final Deal

To Colorado: P.K. Subban, Daniel Briere, Jarred Tinordi

To Montreal: Nathan MacKinnon, P.A. Parenteau, Tyson Barrie, 2014 1st round pick

It would be a hugely complicated deal, but the Avalanche would get one of the best defensemen in the league, and a former first round pick who may be able to step in right away. They also replace Parenteau with a veteran who has almost outscored the entire Avs roster in their playoff careers.

Montreal loses Subban, and also a good young defenseman in Tinordi, as well as Briere. But they replace Briere’s current production with Parenteau, and get a first line center of the future in MacKinnon. They also grab Barrie who is a good young puck mover and a mid range first round pick to sweeten the pot.

I honestly think the Habs would be crazy to trade Subban at all, but the rumor out there was that they were in talks with the Avs about Subban. I am not saying this deal is going to happen, but just say Subban is sick of Michel Therrien and says he does not want to re-sign, this is the type of deal that Habs fans could expect in return.

In my opinion, we are not likely to see this type of deal, but are highly likely to see a Briere for Parenteau trade.

What do you think? Not nearly enough for one of the best defensemen in the world? Fair deal? Needs a small tweak? Does Briere for Parenteau make sense?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below, or send us a tweet @FSAWinningHabit to get some conversation going!

Tags: Montreal Canadiens P.K. Subban

  • Pridenpoise

    I think this is the most ridiculous trade rumour I have heard in quite some time, whoever is floating Subbans name around is an idiot, a defenceman like P.K comes along once in a blue moon we were lucky to get him and if Montreal has any notion of trading him we better be getting Crosby or Stamkos in return.

    • Kenny MacMillan

      Yeah, like I said I can’t imagine it happening either, but if in the unlikely event that he asks for a trade I wanted to take a look at the Avs roster and see what they could offer.
      I don’t think Bergevin wants to be known as the guy who got rid of Subban, probably just wishful thinking on Chambers part

      • Jay

        I would deal Subban straight up for Mackinnon. I am a 30 year habs fan and feel that Subban is drastically over rated. If Colorado is fooled and believes Subban has the value of a future 100 point man, then jump all over it. Do the deal today and deal with the defensman issue later. The Habs are not cup contenders this year anyway, but a future that is built around Mackinnon and Galchenyuk up the middle is a bright one.

        • Kenny MacMillan

          I saw a lot of MacKinnon last year in Halifax and think he will be a franchise center for years to come. It would be tough to build a new D, but like you said MacKinnon and Galchenyuk down the middle would be amazing.
          Most likely scenario however is that this Chambers guy is way off base and there is no deal being discussed that includes Subban, but a blogger can dream I suppose.

          • Truth

            BAHAHAHA with all due respect you will be wishing you had Nathan Mackinnon for many, many, many more years to come.

          • Truth

            and Matt Duchene

          • Truth

            and Ryan O’Reilly

          • Truth

            and Paul Statsny

          • Truth

            and Semyon Varlamov

  • Do it

    I think the trade is close but Avs need to add o’riely or McGinn, I would take p.a out and add o’riely and mgin and add Eller to the trade. Pk is proven norris d and will be for years to come and d like that are more valuable, macinnen isnt proven yet has a big upside. Don’t want to lose tanordi but the return will set Habs up for years and get bigger and better, could then trade pleks or others to get a good d man to replace Subban.

    • Do it

      Forgot to say that we should look to make a trade to draft ekblad if this trade were to happen. Habs have good pieces and prospects to make it happen

  • Yep

    Or if we could get tavers in a trade would be great but hate to have pk in the same conference

  • Bulldog45

    What are you guys smoking? What a stupid conversation about players that neither Team will give up. Must be some of that new over the counter stuff that is now legal in Colorado. Enjoy! Outta here!!!!

    • Kenny MacMillan

      Like I said it is highly unlikely Subban or MacKinnon ever move from their current teams, but I wanted to weigh in on what this Chambers guy thinks is going on. A far more likely discussion going on is Briere for Parenteau

  • Truth