Avalanche trade PA Parenteau, get Danny Briere in return

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Avs finally found a buyer for Parenteau. Doubt the return is what they'd hoped for, but it's not that bad.

There have been rumors for some time about the Avalanche wanting to trade PA Parenteau. Today, they did. Parenteau and a fifth round pick are headed to the Montreal Candiens; coming back is Danny Briere.

Briere spent much of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers, but also spent time with the Coyotes and Sabres before finally landing in Montreal. He is on the second year of a two-year, $8 million contract with a cap hit of $4M. It's essentially the same deal as PA, but it ends one year sooner.

There are mixed responses to this trade. Most people believe Montreal got the better end of this deal, and seeing that the fifth rounder was thrown in, I have to say they're right. However, in Briere's favor is 10 post-season appearances, worth 116 points ((53 g, 63 a). While Parenteau still has youth on his side, Briere has playoff experience, something the Avs could have used last season. “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.

Briere is also a clutch player who will go to the dirty areas of the ice to get the job done. This is a quality the Avs mentioned in many interviews as wanting.

Let's face it, folks. PA was as good as gone. His relationship with the Avs soured at some point, and it was just a matter of time and dance partner. They found it with the Canadiens. Now it's just wait-and-see to determine if it was worth it.

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Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
1992-1993 Abitibi Regents QMAAA 42 24 30 54 28 | Playoffs 3 0 3 3 8
1993-1994 Gatineau L'Intrépide QMAAA 44 56 47 103 56 |
Canada U18 WJC-18 5 2 3 5 4 |
1994-1995 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 72 51 72 123 54 | Playoffs 4 2 3 5 2
1995-1996 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 67 67 96 163 84 | Playoffs 6 6 12 18 8
1996-1997 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 59 52 78 130 94 | Playoffs 8 7 7 14 14
Canada U20 WJC-20 7 2 4 6 4 |
1997-1998 Arizona Coyotes NHL 5 1 0 1 2 |
Springfield Falcons AHL 68 36 56 92 42 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3 4
1998-1999 Arizona Coyotes NHL 64 8 14 22 30 |
Las Vegas Thunder IHL 1 1 1 2 0 |
Springfield Falcons AHL 13 2 6 8 20 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1 2
1999-2000 Arizona Coyotes NHL 13 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Springfield Falcons AHL 58 29 42 71 56 |
2000-2001 Arizona Coyotes NHL 30 11 4 15 12 |
Springfield Falcons AHL 30 21 25 46 30 |
2001-2002 Arizona Coyotes NHL 78 32 28 60 52 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3 2
2002-2003 Arizona Coyotes NHL 68 17 29 46 50 |
Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 7 5 12 12 |
Canada WC 9 4 5 9 6 |
2003-2004 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 28 37 65 70 |
Canada WC 9 2 6 8 2 |
2004-2005 Bern NLA 36 17 29 46 26 | Playoffs 11 1 6 7 2
2005-2006 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 25 33 58 48 | Playoffs 18 8 11 19 12
2006-2007 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 32 63 95 89 | Playoffs 16 3 12 15 16
2007-2008 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 31 41 72 68 | Playoffs 17 9 7 16 20
2008-2009 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 29 11 14 25 26 | Playoffs 6 1 3 4 8
Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 1 4 5 2 |
2009-2010 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 26 27 53 71 | Playoffs 23 12 18 30 18
2010-2011 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 34 34 68 87 | Playoffs 11 7 2 9 14
2011-2012 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 16 33 49 69 | Playoffs 11 8 5 13 4
2012-2013 Eisbären Berlin DEL 21 10 24 34 24 |
Eisbären Berlin ET 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia Flyers NHL 34 6 10 16 10 |
2013-2014 Montréal Canadiens NHL 69 13 12 25 30 | Playoffs 16 3 4 7 4

For a view from the other side, check out Habs Eyes on the Prize.

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