The Canadiens have had an eventful day, and we haven’t even reach the free agent lunacy that will take place Tuesday.
They traded centre/winger Daniel Briere to the Colorado Avalanche in return for right wing P.A. Parenteau. The Canadiens also acquired a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 in the deal.
It was a day in which the Canadiens all-but said goodbye to Josh Gorges plus forward Ryan White and made qualifying contract offers to both P.K. Subban and Lars Eller.
The biggest news was trade for P.A. Parenteau. Last season, the 31 year old right winger missed 25 games with a sprained knee but still managed to put up 14 goals and 33 points. He had a plus-3 rating. Thirty of Parenteau’s 33 points came at even strenght, and even-strength scoring has been a problem for the Canadiens.
Parenteau was designated a top six forward and as a right winger in Colorado he found his ice time limited because of the presence of Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly who also play on the right side and because of the numbers game was actually a healthy scratch for two games back in January at a time when he had just returned from missing ten games with a knee sprain. At the time Parenteau said, “I got back maybe a little too quick. I wasn’t 100 percent — close to 100, but not quite. I’ll be patient with it, no matter what happens. I’m going to be a good pro about it.” Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy added, “I like P.A. He’s a great guy. Unfortunately in this business when you get hurt it gives opportunity for others.” At about that time the Avalanche were rumoured to be trying to trade Parenteau to the Canadiens in return for Rene Bourque. We’re told the Canadiens turned down the deal when the Avalanche asked for another player as well.
The Gatineau native signed with Colorado two years ago as an unrestricted free agent after two seasons with the Islanders. Both Briere and Parenteau carry at 4 million dollar annual cap hit. Parenteau’s contract had two years to run while Briere will enter the second year of a two year deal signed last summer with the Canadiens.
In the end Briere, who had a no-trade clause in his Canadiens contract, had to approve the deal.
The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater has the view of the trade from the Avalanche side of the fence here.
The trade comes on the heels of reports that the Canadiens are attempting to trade the contract of defenseman Josh Gorges to the Toronto Maple Leafs and that the team is bidding for the services of 37 year old free agent defenseman Dan Boyle. (see earlier post) Gorges is currently refusing the trade to Toronto which is his contractual right.
White, as a restricted free agent, was not tendered and will become an unrestricted free agent on July first.