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Avalanche hope P.A. Parenteau continues progress

Aug 5, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

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After fighting through the minors and accepting one-year contracts during his NHL seasons, the Colorado Avalanche rewarded P.A. Parenteau with a four-year, $16 million deal this summer.

The 29-year-old forward represents the splashiest move the Avs made during the offseason, but what can they expect from winger?

Two full seasons with the New York Islanders isn’t a big sample size, yet he’s put up commendable numbers so far – including 67 points last season.

Adrian Dater expects Parenteau to line up with Matt Duchene (the third overall pick in 2009) after doing much of his damage alongside that year’s top choice John Tavares.

Having a playmaker such as Parenteau skating alongside Duchene could be a real boon for the struggling should-be star.

After showing outstanding promise in his first two seasons, Duchene fought injuries and uneven play to settle for 28 points in 58 games in 2011-12.

One of free agency’s biggest risks is that players often fail to translate previous successes to a new environment.

Some might argue that a lapse in effort is less likely for Parenteau because he fought so hard merely to be a regular NHL player, though.

Either way, many will view Colorado’s offseason success based on Parenteau’s production.

  1. polegojim - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    “Parenteau skating alongside Duchene could be a real boon for the struggling should-be star.” – well said James.

    Duchene has star qualities. I believe his decline under Sacco… is on SACCO. It’s symptomatic of the mediocrity… or worse… being suffered by the talented Avs youth movement as a whole.

    When guys like Duchene come into the league and light it up, is it reasonable to believe that in their 2nd or 3rd year, suddenly they forget how to be good? I think NOT. Avs ‘Player Un-development’ is to blame. Deadmarsh obviously is NOT the guy for the job.

    My crticism is NOT from a dislike of the Avs… quite the opposite… My comments eminate from utter disdain over the horrible results produced by the front office and coaching.

    I regret Pierre’s health issues… he’s a proven winner and I DO NOT include him in my barbed words.

    The Avs players and Fans deserve MUCH better than the ‘swill-like’ effort they’re being served by Kroenke, Kroenke, Sherman, and Sacco. For the last two years, words like ‘SAFE’ have been used with regard to Sherman and Sacco, without one word even remotely sounding like ‘success’.

    Mr Kroenke is offended that Avs fans everywhere accuse him of ‘not caring about hockey’… OK THEN Stan, Josh, Greg, Joe… PROVE that you do care and stop operating on the cheap.

  2. bcisleman - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    If PA is lined up with Duchene and both he and Duchene have poor numbers, it will be pretty hard for anyone to argue that Duchene is comparable to JT.

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