Parenteau’s return to Islanders: predictable and sensible

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New York Islanders GM Garth Snow has impressed over the years by finding gems and great value, yet this off-season has been … divisive.

Essentially trading Kyle Okposo for Andrew Ladd and losing Frans Nielsen leaves the team in an odd place, but signing P.A. Parenteau for cheap stands as another example of his shrewdness.

Parenteau enjoyed a rejuvenating 2015-16 season with the Maple Leafs, yet his best times came riding shotgun with John Tavares and the New York Islanders. Neither side forgets about that, and this full-circle moment almost seems predictable to Parenteau, as NHL.com noted after the deal.

“I had a rough couple years, in Montreal especially, but I bounced back last year,” Parenteau said. “I thought I might come back [to the Islanders] at the Trade Deadline last season but it didn’t happen. I always thought I’d be back to Long Island.”

OK, so maybe someone needs to get him up to speed about the Brooklyn thing, but hey … plenty of time in the off-season, right?

This move isn’t a revolutionary one for the Islanders. Still, it’s a nice one that gives them a boost for little money.

The rest is a little more subjective, right down to Nielsen’s departure possibly being beneficial to the benefit of Ryan Strome.

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