Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/30/14 at 03:39 PM ET
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Plain and simple, Parenteau wasn’t Roy’s kind of player. I won’t put words in his mouth, but the sense I got was that he just felt Parenteau was a little too one-way of a player, perhaps not intense enough too, and the Avs wanted out from under his contract. But wait, Briere is making the same salary, right? There’s no cap relief, right? Right.
But in order to move P.A., at the end of the day, they had to take back the same kind of salary. Talking to some hockey people, it’s very difficult to make pure salary-dump kinds of trades right now, with the cap set for $69 million this season. Both teams kind of dumped their unwanted guys on each other here. It doesn’t make this a very sexy trade at all, and one that might very easily be second-guessed to the rafters by Avs fans when all is said and done. The early consensus from Avs fans seems to be in disfavor of the deal, but I wouldn’t freak out much.
First off, Briere may be slowing down some, or a lot depending on whom you ask, but the guy is a battler.
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