26 June 2012
Earlier today, PA Parenteau’s agent, Allan Walsh, tweeted that his client “will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. This doesn’t necessarily mean that PA won’t be wearing blue and orange next season, however the chances are getting slimmer.
Parenteau’s unlikely return isn’t exactly breaking news to some as earlier this summer an article was published in which Snow declared that he had made a more then fair offer to PA but had it declined. Parenteau’s reason was believed to be that he thought that he could get more money and a longer term on July 1st, however if he doesn’t get the type of deal he’s looking for he will more than likely put pen to paper on Snow’s offer.
One of the teams that are deemed likely to land PA if he doesn’t re-sign are the Montreal Canadiens, looking to bring the Hull, Quebec native closer to home. The offers will also start flooding in once, top free agent, Zach Parise’s faith is decided as GMs will look to Parenteau to fill the remaining hole they have in their top 6.
If the Islanders aren’t able to re-sign Parenteau, they will be forced to find another RW to place on the first line along with Matt Moulson and John Tavares. The player will either come from free agency, trade, or inside the system as several candidates are available in each option.
Through free agency the biggest names are, Zach Parise, Alexander Semin, Jaromir Jagr, Shane Doan, and Dustin Penner. Out of the five the likeliest one to land would probably be either Semin or Doan as the rest are either likely to re-sign with their clubs before Sunday or will be looking to sign with teams that are closer to being legitimate Stanley Cup Contenders.
Via trade the biggest names are obviously Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan. Nash has a NTC (no-trade clause) on his contract and is very unlikely to drop the clause for a team like the Islanders. Ryan however may be interesting, he simply wants out of Anaheim so if the Islanders are willing to maybe slightly overpay for the very talented winger there might be a chance that Long Island is his next stop. However, Garth Snow has never been one to overpay for a player, especially if it interferes with his beloved rebuild so fans should keep their expectations low when it comes to the trade route.
The “inside the system” route is one of the less interesting yet likelier routes as the names are mostly down to Kyle Okposo, as a power forward he would give the line an intensity and physicality its lacking, and also the only player on the team to have also played on the first line before and produced quite well. The other player, and this is mostly just my opinion, is Josh Bailey. Bailey showed late last season that he will produce best a playmaking winger, much like PA, and is the best choice if Capuano chooses to try to fill the hole with another Parenteau type of player. There’s very little doubt in my mind that Bailey would be successful on that line and is the best the Islanders have when it comes to emulating Parenteau’s play and influence on the first line.In other news, the Islanders made their qualifying offers to their restricted free agents today. Offers were made to Matt Martin, Justin Dibenedetto, Mark Katic, Rhett Rakhshani, Mikko Koskinen, Tomas Marcinko, Ty Wishart, and Sean Backman. Tyler McNeely, Tony Romano, Yuri Alexandrov, and Yannick Reindeau were the four players that were released.