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

Canadiens Acquire Parenteau, Pick for Briere

Things are heating up ahead of tomorrow’s free agent frenzy and Marc Bergevin remained busy today. According to reports from TSN, the Canadiens have acquired P.A. Parenteau and a 2015 5th-round pick from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Daniel Briere.

The one-for-one deal does not save the Canadiens any money, but it gives them a lot more bang for their buck.  

Both Parenteau and Briere carry $4M cap hits. Briere has one year left on his deal and Parenteau has two, per Capgeek. Briere also waived his no-move clause to allow the trade to be completed.

This is a great move by Marc Bergevin. I have talked about trimming the fat off the roster this summer. This is the kind of move I was aiming at.

P.A. Parenteau collected 76 points in 103 games with the Avalanche over the past two seasons, including 43 points in 48 games in his first year with the team. He is a playmaker who should fit in nicely on the wing for the Canadiens. Parenteau is a smart player with great speed and vision. He should provide a lot of jump to Michel Therrien’s offense.

Daniel Briere was brought to Montreal last summer to the delight of Habs fans. But the acquisition never paid off as he totalled 13 goals and 25 points in 69 games. He faired a tad better in the playoffs with 7 points in 16 games, but it was not enough to make his continued presence worth Marc Bergevin’s while.

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Briere was brought here to provide a strong veteran presence inside the locker room, and to help round out the offense. But more importantly, he was brought here for his playoff performance. We never truly saw the magic though.

Now, after trying it out with Briere, the Canadiens are not wasting any time trying to improve their roster. P.A. Parenteau should be a nice addition to the lineup.

Neither player seemed to be a good fit with their coach. Briere averaged under 13 minutes of ice time with Michel Therrien while P.A. Parenteau was never going to have a very big role down the road with the emergence of Colorado’s young stars. A fresh start might prove beneficial to both, Briere especially.

Do you think trading for P.A. Parenteau was a good move?

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