P.A. Parenteau admits games against the Rangers are “personal”

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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.

PHT Morning Skate: Remembering 10 years of Crosby, Ovechkin

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (

Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)

After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)

Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)

DiMaio named Blues’ director of player personnel

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The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.

He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.

He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).

In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.

No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?