Daniel Briere remained upbeat as ever after learning that he was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, the 36 year old forward expressed excitement about the prospect of playing more minutes on a young team and embraced the potential for a rebound season.
Briere told Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, “I definitely believe I can score 20 goals or more again. I think I can add some good things on this team. I’m very excited about coming to Colorado. I hope I can get a little more ice time there, and I think I would prove I can deserve more.”
Briere managed only 25 points in 69 games with the Canadiens as he received mostly fourth-line minutes last season. Now on a Colorado team that lacks the forward depth of Montreal, the four-time 30 goal scorer hopes to regain some of his touch with a more prominent role on the team. As Dater notes, Briere averaged less than 13 minutes per game in Montreal.
Time will tell for Briere’s assertion. He has struggled with injuries and he hasn’t found a comfortable fit on a team since late into his tenure with Philadelphia. Now, on a younger team looking for leadership after the potential departure of center Paul Stastny, Briere might have found his ideal situation. If that’s the case, 20 goals would be a modest expectation.