Signed on July 2nd, the second day of the free agency, it seemed like a good move. A team friendly one-year, 1.25 million deal for a player coming off a 20 goal and 41 point season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. From 2010-2012 PA Parenteau was on the Islanders, playing on the top line with John Tavares totaling 38 goals and 120 assists (158 points) in a total of 161 games. When Parenteau was signed many were hoping that the chemistry he had with Tavares would still be there. It seemed very likely that he would start the season on the top line with John Tavares and Andrew Ladd. Tavares only played one preseason game after winning with Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey and in the game he was paired with Ladd and Parenteau. When Tavares wasn’t there Barzal filled in for him on the top line alongside Ladd and Parenteau. With impressive training camps from Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal, Joshua Ho-Sang, and others, it was clear some moves had to be made. So yesterday a move was made, the Islanders placed PA Parenteau on waivers.
Had Parenteau cleared he would have headed to the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. However, it never seemed likely. Someone coming of a 20 goal, 41 point season who is on a team friendly one-year, 1.25 million dollar contract doesn’t normally clear waivers. So today at 12:00 it was announced who was claimed off waivers. Goaltender Mike Condon went to Pittsburgh, Seth Griffith to Toronto, Teemu Pulkinnen to Minnesota, Klas Dahlbeck to Carolina, and PA Parenteau to New Jersey. Yep, PA Parenteau to a division rival, the New Jersey Devils.
The Islanders still have a couple of roster moves to make so that they can get to their 23 man roster by the 5:00 pm ET deadline. We will probably have an article on that too later on in the day and also a preseason recap but for now, best of luck in New Jersey PA!!!