The Maple Leafs have signed Montreal Canadiens buyout P.A. Parenteau to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.
Parenteau, 32, has been an interesting player throughout his career. He was drafted 264th overall (9th round) way back in 2002, but never broke the NHL full time until 2009-10 (with the Rangers). He joined the Islanders as a free agent in 2011, and broke out big time on John Tavares’ wing, scoring 53 and 67 points in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
He proved it was no flash in the pan after signing with Colorado and putting together a good half lockout season, posting 43 points in 48 games in 2012-13. He put up 33 points in 55 games in 2013-14 before getting traded to the Habs in exchange for a fifth round pick and Daniel Briere.
Parenteau was just bought out by the Canadiens after 22 points in 56 games; he played third line minutes and didn’t have a fan in Michel Therrien — he dealt with some injury troubles and was healthy scratched (including three times in the playoffs) on several occasions — but those looking at the analytics were sad to see him go.
Leafs closing in on another excellent add. PAP… pic.twitter.com/affU4dbWqI
— Dom Jr. Galamini (@MimicoHero) July 1, 2015
It’s possible he’s begun a steep decline, but at 32 and a late-bloomer, there could be some production left in Parenteau. He experienced some bad luck last season in terms of his on-ice shooting percentage, and has a history of making his linemates better from a possession perspective.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 1, 2015
The Leafs needed a winger for the right side with Kessel traded and little there behind him. Warm bodies will do at this point, but Parenteau has a good production track record, may not be totally over the hill yet, and should get lots of minutes and opportunity in Toronto, with the potential to flip him for a 2016 pick or two at the deadline. If last year was indeed the beginning of the end for Parenteau, there’s no real downside here given open lineup spots should be plentiful in Toronto.