New York Islanders: Thoughts on P.A. Parenteau, Free Agency and More

July 3rd, 2012 by Daniel Friedman Leave a reply »
New York Islanders GM Garth Snow knew he'd have his work cut out for him this summer. 

Between his actions at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and the signings he made at the start of free agency, I'd say that Snow's accepted the challenge.

From the moment they acquired Lubomir Visnovsky (in exchange for a second-round pick in 2013), it became increasingly clear that the Isles are hell-bent on turning things around this season.

The fans might point to Visnovsky's cap hit, but let's get real here. There's more to it than that. Visnovsky and Mark Streit are two of the better puck-moving defensemen in the league and now they'll be orchestrating what should be an excellent power play on Long Island.  

In what was unfortunately no surprise, P.A. Parenteau bolted for the Rocky Mountains, signing on with the Colorado Avalanche for four years and $16 million. 

My thoughts on Parenteau's departure are of pure disgust. The way I see it, P.A. Parenteau was a borderline NHLer who seemed destined to play in the minors for the rest of his career. 

That is, until Garth Snow and the New York Islanders gave ...

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