P.A. Parenteau was relatively productive for New Jersey last season considering the club finished near the bottom (third from last) in scoring as a team. The 34-year-old winger offered up 27 points (12 goals, 14 assists) over 59 games before the club traded him to a contending team in Nashville. His new club's depth up front led to a reduced role in the offense and he finished with just one assist over eight regular-season games with the Predators, also failing to notch a point in an additional five playoff appearances. The depth of Parenteau's new team among the forward ranks will likely determine his role and the corresponding expectations for production, but an improvement on last season's totals wouldn't be surprising if he earns a spot back on the power play.
Parenteau signed a professional tryout agreement with the Red Wings on Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Parenteau is a talented veteran who simply fell victim to a deep offensive corps in Nashville, which led to him becoming a free agent this summer. The 34-year-old winger still notched 13 goals and 15 assists in 67 games last season as a bottom-six player. It comes down to whether Detroit feels it needs another veteran alongside Henrik Zetterberg to lead the young Red Wings through what is expected to be another rebuilding year. If they sign Parenteau to a deal for the 2017-18 season, expect him to play on the second or third line with power-play contributions.
Parenteau will be a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh on Thursday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Parenteau saw just 6:45 of ice time in Game 4, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's being bounced in favor of a healthy Colin Wilson (undisclosed). Including the playoffs, the veteran has appeared in just 13 outings since joining Nashville at the trade deadline, garnering a single lonely assist.
Parenteau will be in the lineup Saturday to face the Penguins for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. He's expected to replace Cody McLeod, who has picked up just one point -- a goal -- over 14 games this postseason, and is little more than a fourth-line energy cog. While Parenteau has much more offensive upside than McLeod, he hasn't played since the semifinals against the Ducks, so there's no telling what level of impact he'll have in this home tilt.
Parenteau was held pointless in Saturday's 2-1 regular-season finale against the Jets. Parenteau has not had much of an impact for the Preds after being acquired from the Devils at the trade deadline, missing 11 of a possible 19 games due to a finger injury and registering just a single assist. That said, Saturday was Parenteau's third consecutive game back in the lineup, and he looks to be healthy as the Preds enter the playoffs as one of the Western Conference's two wild-card teams. With just five points in 15 career playoff games, Parenteau should not jump off the page as a top pick in most playoff formats, but could deliver some late-round value if the Preds manage to steal a round or two.
Parenteau served as a healthy scratch for Monday's game against the Coyotes. The 33-year-old has been quiet since coming over in trade from New Jersey, failing to record a point while registering just four shots on goal in four games with his new club. Parenteau managed 13 goals and 14 assists to go with a dreadful minus-16 rating with the offensively challenged Devils, so there's a chance he could provide a savvy veteran scoring touch to the Preds' lineup down the stretch and into the playoffs. For now, however, he'll spend at least one game in the press box.
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