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Avalanche acquire playoff sensation Daniel Briere

Published: July 1, 2014, 12:36 am, by Angelo Stambene

On Monday afternoon it was reported that the Colorado Avalanche sent right wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a fifth-round pick, to the Montreal Canadiens for Daniel Briere, also a right wing. In Briere, the Avs receive a man who has played in a full 82-game schedule just once in his career. His durability is not what attracts him to the Avalanche, however, Briere’s more than 900 games of NHL experience does.

Center Daniel Briere stretches before facing the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Oct. 16, 2008. (The Associated Press)

Center Daniel Briere stretches before facing the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Oct. 16, 2008. (The Associated Press)

Briere scored 25 points, including 13 goals in 69 games last season with the Canadiens. His 13 goals would have tied Briere for seventh on the Avs with Tyson Barrie, and his 25 points would have been good enough for 11th place.

Although he’ll be turning 37 in October, playing with the young guns on the roster should inject some life into the quick and speedy Briere. His production has been in decline for the last few seasons, but if he can find motivation and return to the player he was with the Philadelphia Flyers, Avalanche fans will rejoice.

During six seasons with the Flyers, Briere averaged 47 points a year with a high of 72 in 2007-08. In recent years though, Briere has developed a reputation as a playoff performer, and it is here that he will help the Avalanche the most.

In 916 career regular-season games Briere has scored 299 goals and 684 points, which puts him in the company of players such as Jozef Stumpel (677), Chris Pronger (698), and Robert Lang (703), not bad players. In the playoffs, Briere has scored 63 assists and 116 points in 124 games, alongside names like Bernie Geoffrion (118), Bobby Clarke (119), and Bobby Hull (129). Legendary players.

If Briere can put up 40 points next year, it’ll be a very good year for him and the Avalanche. Avs fans should hope that he’s healthy during a playoff run like the one he had in 2009-10, when he scored 12 goals and 30 points in 23 games.

Briere will also be able to mentor all the young players on the roster, and assuming Jean-Sebastien Giguere does in fact retire, Briere will become the most tenured player on the team.

With the players that are on the roster currently (including Stastny and O’Reilly) what would you like the line combinations to be?