NHL Central Division Trade/Free Agency Moves

By Josh Brink
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May 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Daniel Briere (48) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period in game three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche made a trade with the Montreal Canadiens sending PA Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Daniel Briere. Each player will make $4-million next season and Briere has one year left on his contract while Parenteau still has two years. Daniel Briere had some choice in his destination lifting his no-trade clause to complete the transaction. Last season Briere scored 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games starting the year on the first line and then dropping all the way to the 4th line by the playoffs. He did manage to put up 3 goals and 4 assists in 16 playoff games on that 4th line during 2014. Parenteau suffered two knee injuries and only played in 55 games last season but had 14 goals and 19 assists. He also was able to contribute 1 goal and 2 assists in 7 games during the 2014 NHL Playoffs.

The Colorado Avalanche also picked up some depth with the signing of forward Jesse Winchester who tested free agency. The 30-year-old signed a one-way, two-year deal for $900,000 per year. Last year playing in 52 games for the Florida Panthers Jesse Winchester scored 9 goals and 9 assists. He is known for his defensive center abilities and a good penalty killer.