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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward P.A. Parenteau.
Parenteau, 26, skated in 74 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 29 goals and 49 assists for 78 points, along with 142 penalty minutes. His 49 assists tied a career-high, and he established a new career high in penalty minutes (142). Parenteau ranked among league leaders in several statistical categories, ranking ninth in points, while tying for 10th in assists and 16th in goals. He also tied for 12th in the AHL with 24 power play assists.
Parenteau led the Wolf Pack in assists, and ranked second on the team in goals, points and power play goals (12). In addition, he recorded a team-high, 24 multi-point performances, including a four-point effort on November 16 at Lake Erie (two goals and two assists). Parenteau registered a season-high, eight-game assists/scoring streak from January 6 at Manitoba to January 19 at Portland, including a four-game multi-point streak, collecting 14 points (four goals and 10 assists) over the span.
In 2007-08, Parenteau established career-highs with 34 goals and 81 points in 75 games with Hartford. He ranked fourth in the AHL in points, sixth in goals and ninth in assists (47). He also tied for fifth in the league with 15 power play goals. In addition, Parenteau appeared in five post-season contests for Hartford, recording three goals and two assists for five points, along with 13 penalty minutes. He led the Wolf Pack in playoff goals (three) and points (five), and tied for second on the team in assists (two).
The 6-0, 195-pound forward has skated in 415 career AHL games in six seasons with Cincinnati, Portland, Norfolk and Hartford, registering 146 goals and 212 assists for 358 points, along with 390 penalty minutes and a plus-25 rating. In 2006-07, Parenteau split the season between Portland and Norfolk, and achieved career-highs in assists (49) and plus/minus rating (plus-19).
In addition, he appeared in five NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks, registering one power play assist. He made his NHL debut on February 7, 2007 at Vancouver and collected his first NHL point on February 14, 2007 at Pittsburgh.
Parenteau has also skated in 46 AHL post-season games with Cincinnati, Portland, Norfolk, and Hartford, tallying 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points, along with 53 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating. In the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs he established career-highs in games played (19), goals (five), assists (17), points (22), penalty minutes (24), and plus/minus rating (plus-13). His 17 assists tied for third most in the league, while he tied for sixth in scoring with 22 points.
The Hull, Quebec native was acquired by the Rangers on October 11, 2007 from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.