Forward PA Parenteau was traded to the Nashville Predators by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
"We were just looking for some depth on our top nine forwards, little bit of competition for our offensive guys," Nashville general manager David Poile told the Predators website. "This is a real good add, a guy that has pretty good stats this year, 13 goals already, and certainly can jump into our top three lines and give us a little bit of an offensive boost. He's also really good at shootouts, which I suspect we'll have a few more of those before the year is over. It just feels like a really good add to our hockey club to make us a little bit deeper than we were before we made the trade."
Parenteau was claimed on waivers by the Devils from the New York Islanders on Oct. 11. He signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Islanders on July 2, according to CapFriendly.com. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"I didn't think we needed to do too much based on the depth that we had and the way everybody was playing," Poile said. "I think less disruption is probably better at this time, and I think Parenteau being a veteran player should probably assimilate to our team pretty easily."
Parenteau was among the scoring leaders for the Devils with 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 59 games. He's missed one game with a finger injury sustained Feb. 25.
"The finger injury for PA Parenteau wasn't a factor at all in the deal with Nashville; I'm not even sure he was hurt that bad," Devils general manager Ray Shero said. "Teams I talked to, I let them know. … For PA it was a good spot for him in terms of the team they have and what they're looking to do. … He was a good guy off, and on the ice he did a good job."
Parenteau, 33, has 295 points (114 goals, 181 assists) in 483 NHL games with the Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.
Parenteau was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round (No. 264) of the 2001 draft.