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Avalanche's Briere contemplating retirement

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Colorado Avalanche forward Daniel Briere is in the middle of making one of the biggest decisions of his career.

The 37-year-old revealed to Guillaume Lefrancois of La Presse that he is contemplating whether or not he wants to hang up his skates. The interview was translated by's Greg Wyshynski, with Briere stating that family has been the biggest factor in his decision.

The big deal is to think of my family. 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 will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and whether he decides to return to the NHL next season or not, he will need a team to commit to him.

He suited up in 57 games last season and had just eight goals and 12 points.

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