Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday afternoon that he has traded forward Daniel Brière to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a fifth-round draft pick in 2015.
In 69 regular-season games last season, Brière posted 13-12-25 totals and he added 3-4-7 totals in 16 playoff games. The 36-year-old has one season remaining on a two-year, $8-million free-agent deal he signed with the Canadiens last summer.
“Daniel is a veteran who brings experience to our hockey club,” Avalanche executive vice-president Joe Sakic said on the team’s website. “We’re looking forward to him joining our team.”
Parenteau, a 31-year-old right-winger who is 6-foot and 193 pounds, had 14-19-33 totals in 55 regular-season games this past season and added 1-2-3 totals in seven playoff games. He was born in Hull and has two years remaining on a four-year, $16-million contract with a $4-million cap hit each year.
“I’m very excited to be coming to Montreal,” Parenteau said in a conference call from Moncton. “I’m a kid from Boucherville who dreamed of playing for the Canadiens when I was a kid.
“I consider my a top-6 NHL forward,” Parenteau added. “I’m a good player and I can score and I play with an edge.”
Parentau said he wasn’t worried about the pressure of playing in Montreal.
“I think I’m old enough that I’ve learned how to deal with that,” he said. “I know some of the guys like Brandon Prust, Dale Weise and David Desharnais, so it’s not like it’s a totally new situation.”
Meanwhile, there are reports the Canadiens are trying to trade defenceman Josh Gorges to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but his modified no-trade clause could be holding things up.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted Monday that the Leafs are still hoping Gorges will waive his no-trade clause. If that happens, McKenzie stated “it’s believed Montreal would get a roster player from Toronto” in exchange.
When reached by The Gazette’s Stubbs, Gorges said: “I want people to know that I never wanted to leave Montreal. In no way has this been my decision.”
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