NHL Notes: Canadiens trade Danny Briere to Avs

NHL Notes: Canadiens trade Danny Briere to Avs
June 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Danny Briere scored 13 goals and 12 assists in his only season in Montreal. (USA Today Images)

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have traded veteran forward Daniel Briere to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in 2015 draft on Monday.

The 36-year-old Briere, who is heading into the final year of his contract, had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games with the Canadiens last season.

Parenteau had 14 goals and 19 assists with Colorado. He was selected 264th overall by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2001 NHL draft. Prior to joining the Avalanche, Parenteau suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

Briere, who has also played for Phoenix, Buffalo, and the Flyers, joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 4, 2013.

Sharks: Wingels, Sheppard, 4 others qualified
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks have issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent defenseman Jason Demers, forwards Tommy Wingels and James Sheppard and three other players.

Defensemen Matt Tennyson and Taylor Doherty and goalie Harri Sateri also got qualifying offers Monday, giving the Sharks the right to match any offer in free agency or get compensation in return.

Defensemen Sena Acolatse, Adam Comrie and Nick Petricki; and forwards Brodie Reid, Sebastian Stalberg and Marek Viedensky are unrestricted free agents after not getting qualifying offers.

Defenseman Scott Hannan and forward Bracken Kearns will be unrestricted free agents on Tuesday and the Sharks have also bought out forward Marty Havlat's contract to make him an unrestricted free agent.

Wild: Minnesota qualifies 5
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: defenseman Jonathon Blum, right wing Justin Fontaine, goalie Darcy Kuemper, right wing Nino Niederreiter and left wing Jason Zucker.

The Wild announced the decision Monday, the day before NHL unrestricted free agency beings. The Wild declined to make qualifying offers to three restricted free agents: defenseman Josh Caron, defenseman Tyler Cuma and left wing Kris Foucault. Cuma was the team's first-round draft pick in 2008.

Fontaine, Kuemper and Niederreiter all held key roles for the Wild in the playoffs. Zucker had four goals in 21 games, but he spent much of the season in the AHL and missed the last several weeks following surgery to fix a tendon in his left quadriceps. Blum played sparingly.

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