The New Jersey Devils shipped forward P.A. Parenteau to the Nashville Predators at the trade deadline for a sixth round pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft.
Calling Parenteau a ‘journeyman’ is an understatement. With the trade, he will be suiting up for his sixth different team since the 2013-14 season.
The 33-year-old forward started this season as a member of the New York Islanders, signing a one-year, $1.25-million deal after a career rebirth of sorts in Toronto a season prior. Rejoining the Islanders was an experiment to see if he could rekindle the offensive firepower he once had scoring a career high 67 points in the 2011-12 season.
Parenteau didn’t even make it to opening night before he was put on waivers by the Isles.
The New Jersey Devils claimed him and that’s where he’s been until today. In 59 games with the Devils, Parenteau has 13 goals and 14 assists; four of his goals have come on the power play.
Since 2013-14, Parenteau has played for Colorado, Montreal, Toronto, New Jersey and signed with the Islanders. Now he’s headed to a Nashville team that has lofty expectations coming into the year and failed to deliver on them thus far. They need depth scoring and if Parenteau can bring back what he had in Toronto (yes, Toronto) the Preds are set to gain.
New Jersey takes a 2017 sixth round pick in return for someone who has more upside than, say, a Steve Ott. Detroit sent Ott to Montreal for a sixth in 2018.
This market is weird.