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Isles sign PA Parenteau to a one-year extension

PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders

PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders skates against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 23, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

 The Islanders have agreed to terms with PA Parenteau on a one-year extension worth $1.25 million.

After struggling to crack the Rangers lineup in previous seasons, the 27-year-old winger has career highs (14 goals, 21 assists) in 56 games with the Islanders this season.

"I've been working a long time for something like this," Parenteau said. "I think I earned it this year. [Capuano] gave me big minutes and a chance to prove myself in this league.  I'm really happy to be back for one more year."

Parenteau said his linemates John Tavares and Matt Moulson have also been instrumental in his success this season.

"Playing with guys like [Tavares] and Moulson, it's definitely going to help your case," Parenteau said. " I think we've been having success. We have some good chemistry, a good thing going and I think that was part of the extension."

Tavares is one of the many players happy to see Parenteau sticking around. The two have clicked well not only on the team's top line but also on the team's first power-play unit. Parenteau leads the Islanders with 8 power play goals.

"He's made a real big impact, especially on the power play," Tavares said. "He's been great on that right side with that right hand shot. When he has the puck, he makes confident plays. For our style of play, that's really worked out. And he's a great guy in the locker room as well. We've had a lot of fun and we just want to keep it going. It's good that he signed for another year."

When asked when he's ever felt this sort of security, Parenteau said: "Never."

Now that he does, however, there will be at least one lifestyle upgrade he'll make.  Parenteau said Hoppy, the bunny he shares with roommate Zenon Konopka will receive a special treat.

"He might start getting some organic lettuce."

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