P.A. Parenteau admitted to the Bergen Record that he doesn’t have any difficulty disliking his former employers, the New York Rangers. After all, the Rangers only gave him a 22-game stint with the squad over the course of three seasons. Parenteau left the Rangers during the summer of 2010 and signed with the Islanders, which gave him a chance to show what he could do over the course of a full season. Parenteau rewarded the Islanders with a breakout 20-goal, 53-point campaign in 2010-11 and inked a very reasonable one-year/$1.25 million contract extension in February.
“I’m here…I don’t want to make it personal but it’s easy to get up for the game,” Parenteau said. “It is personal. I want to do well. I want to prove them wrong.”
Making it personal seems to work in Parenteau’s favor. There is no team that he’s more effective against than the New York Rangers. He scored four goals and eight points in six games against them last season. The Islanders and Rangers will continue their rivalry on Saturday and Parenteau should be one of the key factors in that game.