New York Islanders: Both Sides to the Argument of Whether to Trade PA Parenteau

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IFebruary 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders watches the game against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Islanders won the game 3-0.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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It's that time of the year again. The NHL trade deadline is on Monday, and there has been plenty of controversy regarding PA Parenteau.

Parenteau, being paid $1.25 million this year, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Parenteau is having a breakout year. He has 14 goals and 42 assists for 56 points. If Garth Snow doesn't extend Parenteau's contract soon, Parenteau will either be traded at the deadline or won't be an Islander next season.

It doesn't make sense to me not to extend him now if Snow plans to have him around for the future, but I could be wrong.

So, as the trade deadline approaches, one of two scenarios will occur. Parenteau will either be traded to a good team for a solid return to help the Islanders' rebuilding process, or he'll stick around to help the Islanders try to reach the playoffs.

On the side of Parenteau maybe getting an extension and remaining an Islander, he's had such a good year. Fifty-six points is nothing to laugh at. He's played great hockey whether he's with John Tavares and Matt Moulson, or on another line for secondary scoring.

He's been a consistent offensive contributor all season, and he's a big part of the Isles trying to make a run for the playoffs.

On the side of Parenteau being traded away, he's having a great year. He's in his prime, and this could be the height of his career. He could be traded away now for the best possible return. He's cheap, and would hugely benefit a contending team. The Islanders could get a great young player back in return.

Some fans suggest Parenteau can be a bit of a liability on defense sometimes and may try to do too much with the puck sometimes. A fact other teams would be willing to overlook or may be completely unaware of. But in my opinion, the good outweighs the bad, and Parenteau is a great hockey player.

What do you think? Comment whether you think Parenteau should stick around for the season, get an extension or be traded away for a solid return.