The Parenteau Contract Games Continue

As PA Parenteau continues to rack up points and set career highs – now up to 18 goals and 67 points – the games around his contract negotiations continue to be played.

Back in February, Parenteau’s agent Allan Walsh did an interview with Darren Dreger of TSN. The headline of the article caused a news ripple across the hockey portion of the internet, as it read ‘Parenteau Shelving Contract Talks Until Season’s End.’ Take that however you want to, but as I pointed out at the time, there was a funny little sentence stuck in at the end of the second paragraph; “but [Walsh and Parenteau] will listen if the Islanders are eager to negotiate.”

Of course it was all a matter of posturing and getting his client’s name in the headlines for an agent who loves to do just that.

At the trade deadline, Islanders GM Garth Snow decided to hold onto Parenteau, the pending UFA, unwilling to cash him in for picks or prospects. Things were quiet until last week when Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported that Parenteau “seemingly will get the $4 million per year he’s been looking for.” The exact number Staple put out there was a bit surprising as it would put Parenteau’s per-year value below the new deals that Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski ($27.5M/5 years) and Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu ($19M/4 years) received (something we’ve also discussed previously).

So now, the lighting rod and spotlight grabber that he is, Walsh fired back on Twitter last night.

Both parties in this case are closely connected to the sides they’re covering, so it’s hard to really decipher who’s closer to the truth. What we do know is that it will likely continue to be a noisy negotiation process as we move closer to July 1st and continue to create great stories for blogs like ours.