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Daniel Briere traded to Avalanche for P.A. Parenteau, draft pick

The Avalanche have shipped P.A. Parenteau to Montreal.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A day before the beginning of the free agency period, the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche have made a trade, with the Habs shipping Daniel Briere to Colorado, and P.A. Parenteau and a 2015 fifth-round pick going back to Montreal, per TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The trade is a bit of a head-scratcher, with both players making $4 million next season and Parenteau earning the same number the following year. Parenteau is coming off a year in which he scored 14 goals in 55 games, and is still only 31 years old.

Briere spent the season sliding down the Canadiens' depth chart, scored fewer goals than Parenteau in 14 more games played, and isn't getting any younger at 36. The move doesn't clear any cap space for the Avalanche, who are attempting to re-sign top center Paul Stastny. With Montreal not retaining any of the $4 million owed to Briere, the move won't help Colorado in free agency.