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Parenteau, Islanders expected to talk

The Sports Xchange

P.A. Parenteau is expected to resume contract discussions with the New York Islanders, his agent told ESPNNewYork.com.

Parenteau, 29, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and would receive a significant raise from the $1.25 million he made this year, when he recorded a career-high 67 points.

"Now that the New York Islanders season is over, we are looking forward to start negotiations with the club," Parenteau's agent, Allan Walsh, told ESPNNewYork.com, via text message.

Parenteau had said often that he would like to remain with the Islanders, but talks ended before the trade deadline. New York missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

"PA has made it clear he wants to remain with the Islanders. He has assumed a leadership role with the club. He's proven to be a great fit on one of the top scoring lines in the league and has great affinity for the organization that gave him the opportunity to play regularly in the NHL," Walsh said.

The Islanders collectively can't take much out of another lost year, although John Tavares further established himself as a rising force in his third season with a career-best 81 points while appearing in all 82 games, earning the 2009 No. 1 overall pick his first All-Star team designation. Tavares, 21, also has helped make two career AHL players -- Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau -- into productive first-line point producers. Tavares had a team-high 12-game point-scoring streak bridging December and January.

All of the brash training-camp talk about advancing the rebuilding program and claiming a playoff berth went out the window early, as the Isles followed an encouraging 3-1-0 start by winning two of their next 16. The Isles largely remained healthy, as opposed to last season, and received serviceable goaltending from veteran Evgeni Nabokov, but they never fully recovered from the October/November slide. They never got closer than five points from the top-8 teams in the Eastern Conference for the remainder of the season and finished 14th out of 15 in the conference.

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