Parenteau Pay Off
The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with impending unrestricted free agent P.A. Parenteau for next season worth $1.25 million. Parenteau was signed as a free agent this past summer after making occasional appearances with the New York Rangers last season. He was a low-risk pick up that had 'potential Matt Moulson' written all over him. He may not be as often as a goal scorer as Moulson, but he definitely has proven himself as a reliable forward on the top three lines.
Parenteau has totalled 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 56 games this year, putting him second on the team in points with Moulson and Grabner. In fact, Moulson, who is one of his linemates, currently has 21 goals and 14 assists; the exact opposite numbers of Parenteau.
Per the New York Islanders official web-site:
“When you play with guys like Johnny (Tavares) and Matt Moulson, it’s definitely going to help your case,” Parenteau said. “We’ve been having success. We have good chemistry with one another. We have a good thing going and think that was also part of the extension. I worked hard for this. I think I earned it.”
Parenteau certainly has established strong chemistry with both Tavares and Moulson. The latter recently told me in an interview that Parenteau is the "assist man" between the three of them. He joins a young nucleus that is slowly building towards making this team a Stanley Cup contender and he is excited to be part of this movement going forward.
“I wanted to come back here,” Parenteau said. “I told Snowy (Garth Snow). I told my agent. I wanted to come back for at least another year. I like what we’ve got going here. I like the guys. I like the situation here for me too. So it was a no brainer and I’m glad we got it done so early.”
Parenteau joins Moulson and Jurcina on the list of Islanders who have signed extensions with the club before the end of the year. Garth Snow has a few impending RFA's left to lock up; one most notably is Michael Grabner, who currently has 16 goals in his last 15 games and is the team's leading goal scorer with 25. At this pace, Grabner may end up with the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year.
The players that have come to this team, whether it be by chance in Grabner's case being picked off waivers, or searching for an opportunity with Moulson and Parenteau through free agency, want to remain with the team in the end. Moulson and Parenteau, although they are not all-stars, are players that could have possibly netted a decent contract on a contending team in the off-season. But they chose the New York Islanders. Zenon Konopka is another Islanders forward who recently came out and said that he wants to be part of this team after this season. But the most important part about these players is that they back up their words with the way that they play on the ice.
The horrible losing streak at the beginning of the season still haunts their current record, but the Islanders are a better team than their record indicates. Bottom of the standings or not, this team is only a few players away from becoming a competitive club that can make a run for a playoff position.
It's only a matter of time.
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