Should Habs go After PA Parenteau?

With free agency weeks away from commencing, the Habs have many needs they must fill from last year’s disastrous last place finish in the Eastern Conference. With a bunch of up and coming prospects at the center position (Leblanc, Bournival, Eller, Fortier, etc.) a talented playmaking winger would really help them boost their offensive numbers. They had such a forward in Alex Tanguay some years ago but Bob Gainey decided to pre-maturely release him after giving up so much for Tanguay and going for Camalleri instead. But how about Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau from the NY Islanders? Quietly in his third season, he has really put up decent numbers on a lowly Islanders squad.

Imagine that? A Quebec native son to perhaps one day play alongside Louis Leblanc or Michael Bournival? Anyone watching Louis Leblanc carefully last year could see he was a talented player put on the wing who played with not so talented forwards on his line. Often enough he made nice passes or was in position to score but his linemates goofed up the play. Signing Parenteau would be the quickest return on any investment for Habs GM Marc Bergevin. Everybody on his line would put up Tavares like numbers. Parenteau is a natural playmaker. Gionta, Gomez and Plekanec have shown that there are limits to their play with the Habs, but Parenteau is looking like he is about to explode over the next few seasons. Signing Parenteau for the Habs is truly a “no-brainer” decision.


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