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Amid trade rumors, Avs will scratch Parenteau again

Jan 30, 2014, 9:52 AM EDT

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 6: P.A. Parenteau #15 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 6, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) Getty Images

When P.A. Parenteau was listed as a healthy scratch on Monday, it only served to fuel the trade rumors surrounding him.

Even still Avalanche coach Patrick Roy downplay the decision.

“We (will) have three games in four nights. It’s a demanding schedule, so we’ll do the same thing with P.A. that we did with Alex (Tanguay),” Roy told the Denver Post.

Fair enough. Parenteau was just a few games removed from a sprained MCL and, as Roy pointed out, Monday would have been his third game in four days.

The problem is that when the Avalanche play again on Thursday, Parenteau will still be in the press box, according to the Post’s Adrian Dater.

This could be a matter of Roy not wanting to change up his lineup after a win, but Parenteau is also one of their most expensive and gifted players. He tied Matt Duchene for the team lead with 43 points last season, although he has taken a step back in 2013-14 with 25 points in 41 contests.

The Montreal Canadiens has been raised as a possible destination for Parenteau if the Avalanche do decide to trade him.

  1. lowenni - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Wouldn’t mind him in the Caps top-6, although we don’t really have a D-man to spare. Brouwer and Erskine for P.A.? Eh.

    Either way, Parenteau could fetch a decent return for the Avs even if he’s struggled this season. Can’t do it all by himself, but very good complimentary player.

  2. jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    simon despres and a pick…make it happen shero.

    • joey4id - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      idk, jpelle, I can tell by your posts that you have a very good hockey IQ. I’m not getting the hype for PAP. 41GP 9G 16A. I have been writing that the Pens would be looking for a RW to replace Dupuis, but idk if PAP is worth a young d. Grant it the Pens have a lot of depth on d. Why do you think the Pens should make this trade?

      • jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        mostly because despres’ entry level contract is up at the end of this season and they could lose him or bortuzzo for nothing anyway. neither are probably happy with their ice time this year…especially with maatta jumping up the ranks so quickly. parenteau had a great year last year and was good with tavares as well, plus he would bump guys down to where they should be in the lineup, gibbons and bennett with sutter would provide a real scoring threat (finally) on the 3rd line. i dont think you worry about niskanen, martin, orpik, scuderi until the offseason…though if it were me i wouldve already extended niskanen by now. keep martin in the offseason, dump orpik, dangle another 1 year offer for scuderi and maybe bortuzzo again. despres has some decent value right now because he’s nhl ready and has played over 70 games if you count the playoffs. harrington and doumolin arent ready and i would think the avs would want more in the form of draft pick(s) if they are the ones on the block.

      • joey4id - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Cammeileri or PAP? I could see Cammeileri playing the off wing with Kunitz-Crosby.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        my bad, for some reason i thought scuderi only had a 1 yr deal, apprently the pens dont have to worry about him at all until 2017 as long as he is healthy.

    • hockey412 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Despres might be too important as a replacement for Martin once Letang’s new contract kicks in. Honestly I think the Pens need to figure out what they are doing with Orpik/Martin/Niskanen before they start trading those D prospects. I’m sure Shero has a plan.

      It would be nice to get him though. How about Martin for Parenteau and a late round.

      • lowenni - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        They should keep Niskanen, he was playing out of his mind while everyone was out and he’s young. Orpik is great and has been one of the best shutdown D-man in the league for a while but I think he’s gonna start slowing down pretty soon (he already has a bit). Right now, he still has a ton of trade value and they could definitely get a top-6 forward for him. Martin is older but a great two-way D-man so I’d keep him. I think Letang, Scuderi, Martin, Niskanen, Maatta, and Despres is a very solid top-6. I just think Orpik is expendable. They could ship off Orpik for Parenteau and get a pick also.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        i personally think pouliot is going to be martin’s replacement (and hopefully letang’s replacement on the pp one day). hoping he has a blow them away camp like maatta did and the pens are sitting pretty come october.

    • andidee15 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      While the potential of Despres is really intriguing, I’m not sure the Avs would be willing to trade the known quantity of Parenteau for a semi-prospect. The team is too young already – I think Sakic/Roy/Sherman are going to try to hold out for a more veteran defenseman.

    • hockey412 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Despres and Bortuzzo are both RFA’s at the end of the year – as long as they qualify them they won’t lose them for nothing.

  3. smarshall3789 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    What a joke let’s scratch a 4 million dollar player cause he “might” be traded this guy is a good hockey player and has been one of the best for the Avs and to think the were willing to give him up for Rene Bourque idiots!! Kenny Holland offer something since they will give h away for free we could use him here in the D

    • jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      maybe he was banging varlomov’s girlfriend too…

  4. stcrowe - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Parenteau is 5’11, while Rene Bourque is 6’2. Given the Habs’ longstanding preference for forwards that are under six feet tall, I am shocked that they have not thrown in picks and prospects to get this deal done.

  5. darksidecowboy - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I could see the Coyotes making a trade, they have depth at defenseman and are in dire need of offense. They’re also in the rumor mill for Whitney for a playoff push. Being in the desert they don’t sign many elite free agents so trades seem the only way to go. Dallas is also looking for 2nd line talent and could trade Trevor Daley and 3rd for him.

  6. zta7991 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I wonder if the flyers are going to take a swing at him…like Mez and a pick or two…but the flyers have forwards out the a$$ so I doubt it would work but just a thought.

    • ruthlessandtoothless - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      They’d have to get rid of a forward as well just to find room in the top 9 for him but hey he’d probably be an improvement over most of their current wingers

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