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P.A. Parenteau is due for a huge pay raise.
Parenteau made just $1.25 million this past season and put up 18 goals and 67 points.
So why would Detroit want to give Parenteau that raise?
If Parise or Semin happen to be unavailable, Parenteau should be a top candidate for Ken Holland to sign to bolster the right wing position in Detroit.
Parenteau was selected in the ninth round by Anaheim, 263 picks after Ilya Kovalchuk was selected first overall in 2001.
Parenteau will likely command between $3.5 and $4 million a season, but Detroit would be wise to lock him up on July 1 because he has proven perfectly capable of being a top-six forward in this league, and Detroit seems to have a shortage of capable right wingers.
Parenteau had six power-play goals this past season, and that was with the lowly New York Islanders.
He'll need to cut down on his giveaways this season (56 in total) to be an effective forward in Detroit's puck-moving offense, but Parenteau has taken monumental strides offensively, and if his defensive game improves a bit, he could be looking at significant minutes.