Allan Walsh

Parenteau back in Montreal lineup after agent’s tweet


It appears P.A. Parenteau will draw back into the Montreal Canadiens lineup tonight when they play host to the Ottawa Senators.

Parenteau, who has missed time this season due to a concussion, was a healthy scratch for a fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night as the Montreal Canadiens were blanked 1-0 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Parenteau’s absence from the Habs’ lineup prompted his agent to take to Twitter postgame.

Parenteau has six goals and 15 points in 41 games this season while averaging 14:49 in time on ice.

The 31-year-old skated alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec at the team’s morning skate Thursday.

It’s not the first time Walsh has been outspoken about a player’s ice time.

During the 2011-12 season Walsh voiced his displeasure over then Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Derick Brassard being a healthy scratch.

Since Walsh had success with Parenteau, TSN’s Gord Miller is hoping he can help him as well.

Sens’ Michalek taking advantage of interview window


This summer was already shaping up to be a busy one for the Ottawa Senators, but now they’ll have another potential free agent forward to keep tabs on.

According to Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, Senators forward Milan Michalek will take advantage of the NHL’s interview window for potential unrestricted free agents and see what’s potentially out there.

Michalek, 29, reportedly wants to stay in Ottawa, but the opportunity to see what may be out on the market from other teams is situation he’s taking advantage of. His agent, Allan Walsh, told Scanlan they’re not looking for anything “stupid” in terms of a deal.

Seeing him explore what’s out there puts the Sens in a potentially tough spot.

The team is looking to move Jason Spezza and potential free agent Ales Hemsky reportedly broke off contract talks with the team. Those two along with Michalek made up what was Ottawa’s top line at the end of last season.

Considering the Sens missed the playoffs with them, they’d be in dire need of help should they move on without them.

Sharks GM: Boyle, Havlat not returning; Burns returning to defense


It didn’t take long for the San Jose Sharks to start making decisions on the roster for next season.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson spoke on a conference call with the media today and said the team would not bring back defenseman Dan Boyle or forward Martin Havlat next season, as Kevin Kurz of shares. While Boyle is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Havlat has one more year left on his contract with a $5 million cap hit.

Presumably the Sharks will try to trade Havlat, but if they can’t find a taker the team still has both of its compliance buyouts.

Wilson also added that Brent Burns would be moved back to defense. With Boyle out of the picture, moving the puck-moving Burns back on the blue line makes sense. He spent the past season and a half playing forward and scored 22 goals this season.

The only surprising news out of this is Burns moving back to defense. While the Sharks gave extensions to Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, the 37-year-old Boyle was left out of the mix.

Havlat dealt with injury problems this season and appeared to fall out of favor with coach Todd McLellan as he played on the fourth line when was in the lineup. Even though Havlat’s agent Allan Walsh said his client was happy in San Jose in November, the team is moving on without him regardless.

Before busting owners, Allan Walsh busted criminals


Chances are if you’re on Twitter you’ve seen the work of agent Allan Walsh.

While the NHLPA does their own PR work rallying support of the players, Walsh has been more than aggressive in pushing the buttons of the NHL’s owners and drawing the fire of fans and media alike.

What you may not know about him, however, is he used to be the guy who put away violent criminals in Los Angeles. Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star has the fascinating story about Walsh spending six years prosecuting hardcore gang criminals and the gut-wrenching trial that made him decide to change careers.

Going from gang members to hockey players and owners sure makes for a drastic switch. That said, you’d have to think he’s not getting rattled when TSN’s Darren Dreger snarks back at him on Twitter.

NHL agent calls for league to adopt luxury tax system


Powerful NHL agent Allan Walsh is among the league’s most outspoken player representatives. He made some bold statements about concussions a few months ago and is now providing some interesting thoughts on the CBA talks. Most specifically, Walsh took to Twitter to express his belief that the league needs to adopt a “revenue sharing/luxury tax system.”

Here are some of the highlights from his multiple comments.

“The solution is revenue sharing/luxury tax system to ensure financial health for all franchises,” Walsh wrote. “NHL big market owners are OK paying players big money contracts as long as they don’t have to share their revenue with small market clubs. That’s why the only option for Bettman is to keep coming after the players again and again. There will be no end to this.”

The NBA has a luxury tax system that – in the simplest terms – charges richer teams who exceed the “soft” cap and distributes the “tax” evenly among the teams that avoid the tax. The NHL currently has a “hard” cap, with the most meaningful guidelines being the ceiling (for “big market” teams) and floor (typically for “small market” teams). We’ll see if the NHLPA brings up revenue sharing whenever they decide to provide their counter-proposal.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)