Avs’ Briere contemplating retirement

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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.