Daniel Briere

Avs’ Briere contemplating retirement


After 18 seasons in the NHL, Daniel Briere is considering retiring from the game.

The 37-year-old, who had eight goals and 12 points in 57 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2014-15, tells Guillaume Lefrancouis of Le Presse that he still has a passion for the game, but that he has to take his family into consideration.

Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski translated the following from the Le Presse story:

“The big deal is to think of my family, he explains. I just missed two seasons of their hockey, two years of school where I was not there to help them. At some point, you have to take a step back and analyze everything. I will not take the decision alone. I want to tell them about it, have their thinking, feeling.

“I would play, I still love the game, I have a passion for hockey. But there is something else in life. I must think of three little men. I was a bit selfish the past two years to pursue my dream.”

Briere’s two-year, $8 million contract is set to expire next month.

The Quebec native has appeared in 973 career NHL games with the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.

Parenteau back on shelf with concussion issues

Not a good health development for P.A. Parenteau on Monday — after missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an “illness,” Parenteau was held out of today’s practice with concussion-like symptoms.

Parenteau, 31, had missed three games earlier this month after suffering the concussion against New Jersey on Jan. 2, courtesy this big hit from Devils forward Tim Sestito:

After sitting out, Parenteau returned to play a pair of games — Wednesday’s win over Columbus, Thursday’s loss in Ottawa — before missing the Islanders game over the weekend.

This setback is the latest in what’s been a disappointing season for the Quebec native. Parenteau was acquired by Montreal in exchange for Daniel Briere and began his homecoming campaign well, scoring five points in his first five games. From there, though, he’s struggled to find chemistry with various linemates and is currently mired in a 16-game goalless drought.

Video: Flyers’ Del Zotto takes a skate to the face (Updated)


Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after taking a skate to the side of the face early in the first period.

The injury, which occurred after he got tangled up with Daniel Briere heading into the corner, comes after Del Zotto was scratched in the last nine games.

Updated: According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Phildelphia, Del Zotto was back on the Flyers’ bench at the start of the second period.

Tanguay: Avs ‘keep finding ways to lose’


Alex Tanguay’s highlight reel goal turned some heads on Thursday, but that wasn’t the replay on the minds of the Colorado Avalanche.

Instead, more than a few Avalanche members were unhappy about a disallowed Daniel Briere power-play goal in what ultimately became a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames, as the Denver Post reports.

“Apparently Sportsnet has an angle … the angle we had it was impossible whether it touched the glove or not,” Patrick Roy said.

Here’s video of the disallowed tally:

The NHL laid out its explanation in its Situation Room Blog:

At 3:49 of the second period in the Colorado Avalanche/Calgary Flames game, video review determined that Avalanche forward Daniel Briere used his left hand to bat the puck into the Flames net. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net”. No goal Colorado.

Ultimately, it counts as a loss. A disenfranchised Tanguay told the Denver Post that “we are finding ways to lose” while Jarome Iginla lamented the team’s many close losses.

A few bits to consider, then:

  • They have a .444 winning percentage when scoring first, tying them with the Edmonton Oilers for third-worst in the NHL. Their .822 mark in 2013-14 tied Montreal for the fourth-best percentage.
  • Conversely, they were the third-best at coming back from behind (40.5 percent) in 2013-14, but they’re middle of-the-pack in that area now.
  • They’ve only won a third of the one-goal games they’ve been in so far. Last season, they were the best in the league, winning 70 percent of their one-goal games.

Some might think it’s too simplistic, yet it really does seem like the Avalanche are rarely getting the bounces they enjoyed to an almost ridiculous extent last season. The team needs to find a way to force their luck to improve or their many critics will feel vindicated.

With Varly back in goal, Avs start string of key games tonight in Calgary


If the Colorado Avalanche are ever going to go on a hot streak, tonight in Calgary would be a good time to start one.

Last season’s Central Division champs, the Avs of 2014-15 own a disappointing 9-11-5 record and sit seven points back of the Winnipeg Jets for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Speaking of those Jets, Colorado plays in Winnipeg tomorrow. Then, after the Avs return home to host Nashville Tuesday, they have another game against the Jets on Thursday.

First things first though, the surprising Flames — a team, like the Jets, that the Avs surely have in their sights, so far as fighting back into a playoff position is concerned.

“We’re not going to quit,” forward Daniel Briere said after Monday’s 4-3 loss to Montreal. “We have to go right back at it, get a win in Calgary and give ourselves another shot.”

The Avs, after a disastrous start to the season, have actually been playing better hockey of late. They’ve won five of their last eight, and, save for one game against Chicago, have either outshot their opponents or kept it close to even during the eight-game stretch.


The Avs will also get goalie Semyon Varlamov, their MVP from last season, back against the Flames.

“I’m ready to play,” Varlamov said. “I feel really good. I don’t have any problems in my groin anymore. The pain is gone. I’m ready to play.”

Per the Denver Post, head coach Patrick Roy believes if Varlamov had been healthy all season, his team would “be in the playoffs right now.”

Maybe, maybe not. But regardless, the goaltending excuse is gone now. It’s time for the Avs to start digging out of the hole.