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Avs healthy scratch Parenteau as trade rumors swirl

Jan 27, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT

Some interesting stuff out of the Avalanche camp on Monday, as the club announced it would healthy scratch forward P.A. Parenteau for tonight’s game in Dallas.

It’s an interesting decision given Parenteau, who only recently returned from a knee injury that cost him 10 games, has two points in his last three contests while playing nearly 18 minutes in Friday’s 3-2 win over Florida.

Colorado head coach Patrick Roy offered up this explanation for the healthy scratch…

…But, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the move might be an indication of something else:

Parenteau, 30, is in the second of a four-year, $16 million deal signed with the Avs in 2012. He’s been very productive during his time in Denver, scoring 43 points in 48 games during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, and 26 through 41 games this year.

The Avs have been rumored to be in the market for defensive upgrades, so it’s not surprising to hear Montreal’s in the mix (Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun also reports the Habs’ interest in Parenteau.) The Canadiens have a glut of defenseman on NHL contracts, some good young prospects in the system and need to re-up with P.K. Subban, a restricted free agent at season’s end.

  1. killerpgh - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I remember when the Avalanche signed him a lot of Islanders fans were saying his numbers were a product of playing with Tavares. Turns out his points per game has actually gone up since leaving. .78 ppg in 2 years with the Aves and .75 ppg in 2 years with the Iles. I kind of agreed and thought his numbers would drop not playing with Taraves, but numbers show they haven’t.

  2. valoisvipers - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Habs have a glut of D men on NHL contracts but do they have any NHL D men?

  3. xdj511 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Ugh. Sather let this guy walk away from the Rangers 3-4 years ago for nothing. SLATS… THIS IS WHY PEOPLE THINK YOU’RE A BAD GM!!! Darn you and darn Torts for not giving him a legit chance.

  4. rdurk86 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    So how will trading for a $4M player help their cap situation for signing Subban?

    • bsaures - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Montreal has no cap problems next year they have almost 27 million in space to sign 5-6 players with Subban being the only player that will get a substantial raise.

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