Dec 17, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing P.A. Parenteau (15) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Avalanche 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens Acquire P.A. Parenteau for Daniel Briere

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired P.A. Parenteau from the Colorado Avalanche, in exchange for Daniel Briere. The Habs will also pick up a 5th round draft pick in the 2015 draft from the Avs.

Parenteau scored 33 points in 55 games with the Avs last season, and is a very skilled right winger who has scored 205 points in his 291 game NHL career with the New York Islanders and Colorado. Briere struggled to just 25 points in 69 games.

Feb 8, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing P.A. Parenteau (15) takes a shot past New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Avalanche defeated the Islanders 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Parenteau is 31 years old, and could fit in very well on the right side of either David Desharnais, Lars Eller or Tomas Plekanec. The native of Hull, Quebec returns to his home province, where he will no doubt be an upgrade on the aging Briere.

Daniel Briere is 36 years old and never really found a role during his one season with the Habs. He stared on the right wing of Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, before moving to the left side of Plekanec, and then eventually found himself playing his natural position of center, although it was on the fourth line. The 5’10” center is replaced by a 6’0” natural winger, who can fill a huge need on the current Habs roster.

Parenteau scored 30 of his 33 points while at even strength last season, a testament to his ability to produce offense in tougher situations. With all of the offensive firepower on the Avs roster, he was not a focal point on the power play, but scored at 5 on 5 as well as almost anyone on the Habs roster.

Parenteau comes with the identical cap hit as Briere’s four million, but has two years left on his deal, while Briere has just one season to go before his contract is up.

In a day where all the rumors are swirling about Josh Gorges impending departure from the Canadiens, the Habs should be excited about the talented Parenteau joining their club for the next two seasons.

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