A couple days ago, I wrote an article saying that their could be a high possiblity of trades being announced soon after the NHL roster freeze is lifted. Now Eklund of HockeyBuzz.com is suggesting that their could be at least one deal made.
He notes that a deal involving the Colorado Avalanche sending PA Parenteau to the Montreal Canadiens could happen the moment the freeze is lifted. He also says that some have told him that a defenseman will be going back to Colorado, while others tell him that it will be Danny Briere and a draft pick.
Now, if I were a Colorado fan, I would hope it’s a defenseman coming the Avalanche’s way. The Aves already have pretty good depth at forward, but could definitely use depth on defense.
While Briere could help them, I’m not sure where he would fit in Colorado’s lineup. The draft picks would also probably be no higher than a third-rounder.
Eklund notes that what might make Briere a target at the Trade Deadline is his performance in the playoffs. A team that is looking to add offense for the playoff push, Briere could be a good option. Colorado just doesn’t need that offense.
On Montreal’s side of the deal, they would be getting a Quebec-born player that could help them generate offense. While Parenteau hasn’t exactly lit the lamp in Colorado, a change of scenery could help. What he doesn’t do is fix the Canadiens’ size problem. They are a very small team and it seems that they are no closer to fixing it.
If Eklund is right, and I’m stressing the if, this Parenteau deal could start the floodgates as we get closer to the NHL Trade Deadline.