The Montreal Canadiens made a move up front, picking up P-A Parenteau and a 2015 fifth-round pick from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Daniel Briere on Monday, as reported by TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie.
It’s a smart move by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, who made his team a bit bigger and younger right away.
This trade makes much more sense for Montreal than it does for the Avalanche, and here’s why.
Injuries limited P-A Parenteau to just 33 points in 55 games for Colorado last season, but it was still more than Briere’s 25 points in 69 games.
Parenteau’s also younger, as the 31-year-old has two years remaining on his four-year deal at $4 million per season.
Briere will also make $4 million, but this is the final year of his contract. He’ll also turn 37 just before the NHL season starts, so he won’t be playing much longer.
If Bergevin can convince P-A Parenteau to sign long-term, he’s another veteran player who can provide some offence to lessen the load on Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, and Brendan Gallagher, among others. If it doesn’t work, Bergevin can always ship Parenteau off at a trade deadline for a more effective piece.
The Avalanche could benefit from Briere’s leadership, especially as a skilled, young team including Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, and Ryan O’Reilly. However, the bottom line is that Daniel Briere isn’t the same player he was a few seasons ago, and with Paul Stastny likely leaving as a free agent, Briere can’t be counted on as a short-term fix.
With P-A Parenteau, the Canadiens know what they’re getting: A player who’s become a more effective offensive weapon over the last few seasons, and is more likely to sustain his production.