Besides a goal in his NYR debut on Oct. 28, and a shootout goal, it certainly hasn't been a season to cherish for P.A. Parenteau.
The 26-year-old right wing, signed as a free agent by the Rangers in 2007, played 14 games in New York this season, but now is recovering from a concussion. He seems to have accepted that this likely could be the end of his tenure with the Blueshirts.
"I've been feeling pretty good the last couple of days," Parenteau said yesterday after his first skate in a month. A concussion ended his season last year, but Parenteau, who has 32 points in 26 games, wants to end this year on a high note.
"I could play this weekend, but there's no point in rushing it," he said. "But right after that, for sure. "
Parenteau scored 34 goals and 81 points in 2007-08 and 29 goals and 78 points last season for Hartford. This is his seventh AHL season, he is earning $500,000 and is an unrestricted free agent. Playing regularly, I think he can help some teams---because he doesn't seem to be in the Rangers long-term plans.
When asked if he felt that he was afforded a fair opportunity in the organization, the Quebec native's answer was quick: "I’m not gonna answer that one; I just want to finish the season healthy."
Translation: I'm looking ahead.
And why not?