Parenteau Returns to Long Island in Avalanche Win

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It had been two years since P.A. Parenteau graced the ice of Nassau Coliseum, but that changed Saturday when he made his first visit to Long Island since leaving the Islanders in free agency and signing with the Colorado Avalanche in 2012.

During his tenure on Long Island, Parenteau became a fixture on the Islanders top line, creating good chemistry with John Tavares and former winger Matt Moulson. He recorded 38 goals and 82 assists for 120 points over the two years he wore the orange and blue.

Despite the success he had, the Islanders and Parenteau could not come to an agreement and he signed in the  “Mile-High City” on July 1, 2012.

“I think their young talent that they had… I think that really appealed to me,” Parenteau responded when asked what attracted  him to Colorado. “Also it’s a great city. Me and the family were pretty comfortable there and we really enjoy it so far.”

No matter how much he is enjoyed his time with the Avs, Parenteau is grateful for his time and the opportunity he got with the Islanders.

“I’m really grateful for what Snowy and Jack did for me in my first year there,” he said. “It’s something I’ll never forget. They pretty much put me on the map, so that’s something I’m really grateful for. It was two great years, I got to play with really great players and it was an awesome time.” 

The 30-year-old winger also remembered his time playing alongside a world class player like Tavares fondly.

“He’s a special player to play with,” Parenteau said. “I think around the net he’s so good and the way he prepares for games too. I think it’s pretty impressive for a guy that age. He’s still a good friend of mine. I still talk to him, we went for dinner last night. He was fun to play with and I have some really good memories of my two years here.”

Tavares was equally as complimentary of Parenteau during his chat with reporters prior to Saturday’s game.

“He’s got a great personality; he’s a great guy in the locker room,” the Islander captain told the team’s website. “He’s very upbeat and he’s got a great skill set. He overcame a lot to finally make it in the NHL, so I’m happy to see him doing well.”

Parenteau has put up 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) this season with Colorado.

In a homecoming of sorts, Parenteau and the Avalanche came away on the winning side. The Avs defeated the Islanders 5-2 and and the former Islander assisted on Matt Duchene’s first goal of the evening.

Parenteau finished the game seeing 16:11 of total ice time against his former team.




18 comments
jimmydev
jimmydev

Good third liner that's it lets not get crazy over this guy

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

parenteau isn't worth getting sentimental.  it was all about $$.  which is fine.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

I've been a fan for as long as I can remember (more accurately, since 1979), and throughout the years, I've channeled my energy for them to win Stanley Cups, make the playoffs, get the best draft picks, and so on. It has really gotten to the point (several years ago) where Islander losses do not phase me. That is not a good endorsement for the franchise.

godsaveus
godsaveus

We have to get rid of both goalies both mcdonalds and im not lovin martin either what u guys think

godsaveus
godsaveus

Id like to see after break

Jt ko bailey

Frans lee strome

Brock clutter grabs

What u guys think want feed back id even switch frans wit brock

Harry (PJP)
Harry (PJP)

@godsaveus  Martin should be in Boulton's role. Most teams would have waived a player of Martin's ilk ages ago.... Goons and grinders are falling out of vogue quickly in this league, but as usual teams like us (read: bad ones) tend to be slow on the draw

shlo
shlo

@godsaveus You need goalies in the system.  It's not only the Islanders, its the farm /affiliated teams. Martin has a defined roll, the Mcdonalds I agree with you.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Grabs should be deal too. Nice player but need to include him in a package for vanek to get top notch return. Also is just not good enough for top six. Can score but has weak stick skills. Nice on pk. Great speed. But his skill set is ment for 3rd line. But he is too small. Bailey should go first but won't garner a return. I like Brock nelson as either third or second line center. Strome is tough... second line center or 1 wing. Bailey is a problem because he needs Ko and Tavares to produce. Can't really make lines till u see what u get for vanek. But figure it should be a top six wing. As much as I hate to say hoping to loose enough for number 2 pick. Which we can keep.(deffer to 15)And get ekblad. Buffalo gonna prob pick first and needs fowards.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

@godsaveus   I agree with Bailey being placed on the top line with Tavares and Okposo.  Late last season Bailey played really well with Tavares.  Really have nothing to lose but possibly giving Bailey a little more confidence to get him going.

godsaveus
godsaveus

Yea thats what i was thinkin season is over so we gotta find out what if anything bailey is

godsaveus
godsaveus

Bailey sux i no but what else can they do with him maybe playin with the only 2 good players isles got will start him up

justintime
justintime

@Vicp73 @godsaveusClutterback should probably not be in you're top nine. He makes any line he is on a non offenseive line.  You either put him on  a fourth line/energy line or get rid of him.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@godsaveus @Sam Sam  Its garbage time and every year Bailey comes alive during this time just enough to save his roster spot...you guys want to give him another shot? geez fool me once shame on you, fool me 2x shame on me...fool you 5x? come on guys

justintime
justintime

@godsaveus Yeah, he should never be on a powerplay.  Not sure the coach has many better choices.

godsaveus
godsaveus

Yea agreed but we dont got anyone unless they get someone in vanek trade and remember our brilliant coach has clutter on 2nd pp