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UFA spotlight — P. A. Parenteau

Jun 27, 2012, 5:00 AM EDT

Islanders Jets Hockey AP

All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

P. A. Parenteau (RW)

Age: 29

2011-12 cap hit: $1,250,000

The skinny:

The Islanders found a diamond in the rough when they signed Parenteau in 2010. He recorded 53 points in 81 games before re-signing with the Islanders at a bargain price last summer. But despite a second successful campaign in New York, it looks like he’ll be searching for a new home on July 1.

A late bloomer that hasn’t had success at the NHL level outside of Long Island,  the fear with Parenteau is that he won’t be able to produce without John Tavares — although it’s worth noting Tavares only got a goal or assist on 33 of Parenteau’s 67 points last year.

As a result, Parenteau might not command the kind of contract you’d expect from a man who tied for 26th in league scoring.

That said, the relatively thin free agent market will work in his favor and there should be plenty of teams interested. Even if you buy into the argument that Parenteau’s numbers reflect the talent put around him, there’s still the possibility that he’ll produce similar results if inserted onto a line with a different star forward.

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Jiri Hudler

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Shane Doan

Dennis Wideman

  1. zaksyuk - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    He’d look good in a winged wheel ! Good replacement for hudler. 😀

  2. broadstbully33 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    soooo he wouldnt be able to play with G or datysuk or toews or sedin or cindy or milkin or or or or or or

  3. govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Might be an interesting replacement for Alex Semin in Washington, actually.

    • zaksyuk - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      he might be semins team mate in detroit actually 😉

    • bethgoesglobal - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      I’ve been wondering about that one as well; thought the Caps might try to get him at the deadline but hey, maybe this summer. I’m surprised that he hasn’t resigned with the Islanders already.

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