Aug 5, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT
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.
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.
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