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P.A. Parenteau sure knows how to dish the puck.
Last season with the New York Islanders, Parenteau had 49 assists, including 13 power-play assists.
He'll take that to the Colorado Avalanche, where he signed a four-year, $16 million dollar deal.
Parenteau and John Tavares produced some pretty music last season, but will he be able to duplicate that with Matt Duchene?
Duchene, who is coming off a down year, should benefit from the excellent passing of Parenteau.
If anything, Parenteau is not just resigned to playing with a great player. He can make plays for himself too.
As Lighthouse Hockey notes, Parenteau was just as responsible for his success as Tavares was:
Parenteau was played on the second line from December 29, 2011, through February 4, 2012, for a total of 17 games. The move was made after a bad three-game losing streak that came just as the Isles seemed to be turning things around. During that period, he was lined up mainly with Nielsen and Grabner and, for a couple of games, with Brian Rolston. How did he do? He scored a total of 11 even-strength points: two goals and nine assists, which matches his per game even-strength productiveness over the course of the season.
For only $4 million per year, Colorado got a bargain. Parenteau can score, as evidenced by his 18 goals last year. He can play on the power play and help Duchene reach his potential.