P.A. Parenteau annouces retirement, Islanders and Hurricanes in pursuit for Philipp Grubauer

Parenteau retiresĀ 

P.A. Parenteau spent 10 years in the NHL coming into the league at 27 and playing in a total of 491 games with 8 different clubs, collecting 296 points. Parenteau was what we would call a journeyman, he bounced around his whole career and never spent more than 2 years with a club. Parenteau’s best years came with the Islanders in 2010-2012 playing 161 games with the team tallying 120 points and a career-high 49 assists during his final year with them. From then on after he left the Islanders in 2012 Parenteau was never able to settle down with one team, spending two seasons in Colorado the following years playing in 103 games with the Avalanche to then bouncing around between Montreal, Toronto, New Jersey and then ending his final moments with the Predators this season. Parenteau drafted in 2001 by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round, at age 35 announces his retirement. Parenteau was definitely a player that had the skill set and ability to play in a teams top six, bottom six forward mix but not many teams gave him a chance and ever committed to him long term, which left the playmaking right winger always trying to land a spot on many NHL rosters. At 35-years-old Parenteau commits to leaving the NHL behind him as he starts a new chapter in his life.

Philipp Grubauer trade news

The Capitals did come out the other day and say that they are fully committed to trading Philipp Grubauer and have been in conversation with the two most interested teams. The Hurricanes and Islanders. The Hurricanes will look to acquire Grubauer to make sure they can afford to send off Scott Darling. Now if Grubauer does go to Carolina he will most certainly replace Darling, who spent just one season with Carlina starting in 41 games posting a 13-21-7 record with a 3.18 GAA(goals against average) and .888 SV percentage(save percentage). From the likes of it, Darling did not fit well in the starting role and it seems Carolina is in no position to wait for Darling to find his groove. Which is their reasoning probably to go after Gruabuer who is coming off his best year since coming into the NHL, starting in 28 games posting a 15-10-3 record, a 2.35 GAA and .923 SV percentage. And as we all know the Islanders situation, with Jaroslav Halak and Tomas Greiss failing miserably last season and being one of the many reasons the Islanders bombed out this season. The Islanders are in need of a starting goaltender. With Greiss signed for the next two years and Halak becoming a UFA July 1st, the Islanders are actively pursuing Grubauer. The price for the 26-year-old backup goaltender is unknown.

Grubauer is a 4th round pick, has started in a total of 79 games in his 6 years in the league and has yet to take on a full-time starting role. From what we have seen with Scott Darling, Antti Raanta last year, sometimes back up goaltenders that are successful as the backup’s do not always make the transition well to full-time action. But the Islanders are desperate and the Hurricanes would like to get rid of Darling it seems. From both teams and what they have, Grubauer is going to get the same offer AAV wise from both teams as they both have around 27 million in cap space available. The Islanders hold the upper hand with picks wise and prospects, and both teams play in the same division as the Capitals so Grubauer knows what the teams he will be facing are like. The Islanders per say have a bright future, with Matt Barzal, Andres Lee, John Tavares and a pool of prospects upcoming. Until we hear more, we have to just wait…


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