It was a trade of what seemed to be spare parts. Centre Daniel Briere never found a role in his one year with the Canadiens and right wing P.A. Parenteau had become an afterthought in Patrick Roy’s scheme of things at Colorado,. On June 30th they switched sides. Parenteau will be in the lineup Thursday at the Bell Centre Thursday night against the Avalanche while Briere will have to wait until Friday night in Quebec city to face his former teammates.
Two players from the Canadiens newly formed “B” group have been promoted to play in the first of two games against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday.
Charles Hudon, who will turn pro this season in Hamilton, will centre Michael Bournival and Travis Moen while defenseman Davis Drewiske will join Greg Pateryn.
67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais15-P.A. Parenteau
38-Nikita Scherbak 27-Alex Galchenuyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher
32-Travis Moen 75-Charles Hudon 49-Michael Bournival
8-Brandon Prust 20-Manny Malhotra 22-Dale Weise
74-Alexei Emelin 76-P.K. Subban
28-Nathan Beaulieu 43-Mike Weaver
44-Davis Drewiske 64-Greg Pateryn
31-Carey Price/30-Peter Budaj
Colorado Thursday Lineup
90-Ryan O’Reilly 9-Matt Duchene 71-Borna Rendulic
92-Gabriel Landeskog 29-Nathan MacKinnon 18-Jesse Winchester
55-Cody McLeod 25-Max Talbot 10-Ben Street
48-Dennis Everberg 24-Marc-Andre Cliché 56-Dennis Maggio
2-Nick Holden 4-Tyson Barrie
28-Bruno Gervais 5-Nate Guenin
44-Ryan Wilson 22-Zach Redmond
20-Reto Berra/34-Roman Will
…..Aside from the Parenteau/Briere exchange, headlining Colorado’s off season was the departure of centre Paul Stastny to St. Louis via free-agency. The Avalanche also signed free agents Jarome Iginla from Boston and Brad Stuart from San Jose. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Gigure retired. In the front office, Joe Sakic was officially named general manager replacing Greg Sherman who now is assistant general manager.
.….. Defenseman Davis Drewiske is on a one-way NHL contract which, in Hamilton at 675 thousand dollars, will make him one of the highest paid players in the American League
..….The Canadiens training camp injury list includes centre Lars Eller plus prospects Michael McCarron, who suffered a left arm injury in Tuesday’s game against Boston plus forwards Jack Nevins, Jeremy Gregoire and Connor Crisp and defenseman Dalton Thrower. Eller is expected to rejoin his teammates later this week after suffering a lower body injury in last Saturday’s intrasquad game. When healthy Crisp, Thrower and Nevins will join the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp while returning to their junior teams will be McCarron (London) and Gregoire (Baie Comeau).
……Not in the game for Colorado but on the trip and scheduled to play in Quebec City along with Iginla and Briere are forward Alex Tanguay, defensemen Erik Johnson, Brad Stuart, Jan Hejda and Stefan Elliott, plus goaltender Semyon Varlamov. .
…..The Avalanche brought only 29 of their current 40 man training camp roster for their two game trip to Quebec because, as head coach Patrick Roy put it, the size of the dressing room at the Colisee in Quebec is limited. Patrick should know.
….Roy told reporters at Thursday morning practice that the Avalanche traded P.A. Parenteau because he was not going to be able to fit in at right wing on either of Colorado’s top two lines.
….Daniel Briere missed Colorado practice in Denver on Tuesday and Wednesday, returning home to attend to his son in Philadelphia who was injured playing hockey. Briere joined the team in Montreal and said his son is home and doing well.