Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Avalanche Get Briere from Canadiens

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Avalanche Get Briere from Canadiens

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The Colorado Avalanche have acquired veteran forward Daniel Briere from the Montreal Canadiens for right wing P.A. Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in next year's draft.

Briere had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games last season. He also had three goals as Montreal advanced to the Eastern Conference final.

Avalanche executive Joe Sakic says the 36-year-old Briere brings "experience to our hockey club." Briere was a first-round pick of Phoenix in 1996 and has played in 916 regular-season games with Philadelphia, Buffalo, Phoenix and Montreal. He scored 24 or more goals in eight of nine seasons from 2001-02 to 2010-11.

Parenteau missed 25 games last season after hurting both knees during the year. He finished with 14 goals and 19 assists. He had 38 goals and 120 points during two full seasons with the New York Islanders from 2010 to 2012.

Gagner to Coyotes * The Arizona Coyotes acquired center Sam Gagner from Tampa Bay late Sunday night, hours after the Lightning picked him up in a trade with Edmonton Oilers.

The Coyotes gave Tampa Bay a sixth-round pick next year for Gagner and former Blues winger B.J. Crombeen.

The 24-year-old Gagner, the No. 6 pick in the 2007 draft, had 10 goals and 27 assists in 67 games last season. He had 101 goals and 194 assists in 481 games in seven seasons with the Oilers.

Crombeen had three goals and seven assists in 55 games for Tampa Bay last season. He has 31 goals, 43 assists and 771 penalty minutes in 387 games in seven seasons with Dallas, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

Gagner went to Tampa Bay in a deal that sent left wing Teddy Purcell to Edmonton.

Panthers buy out Jovanovski * The Florida Panthers announced Monday that they completed a compliance buyout of defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who was the team's No. 1 draft pick 20 years ago.

The buyout saves the Panthers about $4 million in salary-cap space heading into free agency. Jovanovski has been in the NHL for 18 seasons, parts of seven of those with Florida, where he has long been a fan favorite.

Jovanovski was on the Florida team that went to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon also said the team has extended qualifying offers to defensemen Erik Gudbranson, Dmitry Kulikov and Dylan Olsen, along with forwards Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Martindale, Brandon Pirri and Garrett Wilson. …

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