, signing the Islanders forward to a one-year contract extension. When the agreement was reached and the contract was signed, Parenteau could barely hold back his excitement until the news finally broke at the Islanders morning skate.
Thursday morning the New York Islanders came to an agreement with
“I’m pretty happy. I’ve been working a long time for something like this and I think I earned it this year,” Parenteau said. “Cappy (Capuano) gave me a chance to play big minutes and prove myself in this league. Things have been going pretty good so far. I’m pretty happy to be back for one more year.”
The 27-year-old forward has had a long professional career, but in the eight years since he turned pro, he spent all but 27 games in the American Hockey League. (The Chicago Blackhawks gave him time in five National Hockey League games while the New York Rangers gave him 22).
Thus, he feels the Islanders have finally given him the chance he’s been waiting for.
|PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 11, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) |
“I always had confidence in myself, but as you get older it’s hard,” Parenteau said. “It’s good that I had my chance to prove myself this year. I’m really thank Cappy (Capuano) and Snowy (Garth Snow) for giving me a legit shot to play in this league and they rewarded me right now with what I’ve been doing so far this year.”
Snow’s off-season acquisition (July 2, 2010) has surely proven to be an excellent decision. Parenteau has developed tremendous chemistry with linemates Matt Moulson
and John Tavares
. And thus the Islanders top line has each recorded significant points this season, producing a team-leading 117 total points.
“When you play with guys like Johnny (Tavares) and Matt Moulson
, it’s definitely going to help your case,” Parenteau said. “We’ve been having success. We have good chemistry with one another. We have a good thing going and think that was also part of the extension. I worked hard for this. I think I earned it.”
Earned it could be an understatement. The Hull, Quebec native has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) through 56 games this season and is tied for the second-most on the Islanders roster.
Without a doubt, one thing the one-year extension offers Parenteau is stability – something he’s said he’s never had during his professional career.
I wanted to come back here. I told Snowy (Garth Snow). I told my agent. I wanted to come back for at least another year. I like what we’ve got going here. I like the guys. I like the situation here for me too. So it was a no brainer and I’m glad we got it done so early. - PA Parenteau
“It’s a good thing (to have stability)," Parenteau said. I feel good about myself right now. I was in the minors for five or six years and I waited a long time to get my chance. I finally got it this year and like I said, the situation here is perfect for me.”
Like many of his teammates, Parenteau has been outspoken about the chemistry and the brotherhood type atmosphere inside the Islanders dressing room this season. As a result, he’s felt that he fits right in.
“I wanted to come back here,” Parenteau said. “I told Snowy (Garth Snow). I told my agent. I wanted to come back for at least another year. I like what we’ve got going here. I like the guys. I like the situation here for me too. So it was a no brainer and I’m glad we got it done so early.”
To close out his interview session with the press, Parenteau kept the atmosphere light and said “Hoppy”, his roommate Zenon Konopka’s rabbit, has got an upgrade from regular to organic lettuce.