Top Five Trade Destinations for P-A Parenteau

When you look at P-A Parenteau and where he might end up at the trade deadline, the easiest fits are obviously the top contenders who are looking for a pure rental to round out their roster for a Cup run. Think Winnik last year in Pittsburgh or, as a more expensive example, Antoine Vermette in Chicago. Of course these are all very different players, but the point stands that every season teams looking at their championship window make these types of depth moves to load up. 

As of now, Parenteau brings with him a 0.5 point-per-game pace on the season and a $1.5-million cap tag that’s off the books in July. He’s showcased himself well this year as the team’s third-highest goal scorer, and is arguably the person on the Leafs’ roster who’s the easiest to see moved by end-of-month. Here are a few places where he could be heading.

Washington Capitals

Easily the best team in the conference, the Capitals are in “going for it” mode as much as they’ve ever been. While they already score at a top-of-the-league clip, landing Parenteau to round out their forward group gives them some additional lineup options and likely allows them to have a decent scoring threat on every line. 

As a true rental on the cheap, there’s absolutely no long-term risk here for the Capitals. As a team holding all but one of their own picks over the next few drafts, they can pony up the second or third rounders that would make this happen.

Potential trade pieces: Capitals’ 2nd round pick (2016), Capitals’ 2nd round pick (2017), Capitals’ 3rd round pick (2017), D Jonas Siegenthaler 

Potential salary dumps: N/A

Detroit Red Wings

It’s tough to argue the Wings as real contenders, but they are a team who obviously still wants to win now with a number of key veterans still in the fold.

Detroit currently operates in the bottom third of the league in terms of goals-scored, so they could use any amount of offensive help they can get, and Parenteau has produced consistently for years. Again, like the rest of the teams on this list, there’s no real risk here for the Wings outside of the magic bean draft pick they’d have to give up.

When Parenteau was signed by the Leafs, the key factor was Babcock, and I’m sure he’d have plenty of good things to say to P-A about the Wings and how they do things.

Potential trade pieces: Wings’ 2nd round pick (2016), Wings’ 2nd round pick (2017), Wings’ third round pick (2017)

Potential salary dumps: F Darren Helm (2.125M until this summer), D Kyle Quincey (4.25M until this summer), F Dan Cleary (950K in AHL until this summer), F Drew Miller (IR, 1.35M until this summer)

Florida Panthers

No doubt Florida has been a nice story this season, and it looks like they should be able to coast into the postseason from here on, but they’re a team that obviously needs reinforcements if they’re going to make any noise in the playoffs. 

The Panthers are weak down the wing, and while they’ve done a good job scoring this season, they’ve clipped along as a bottom-third possession team league-wide. They’ve obviously done their share of riding the percentages, but nabbing a player like Parenteau could help soften the blow if their offense starts to dwindle. They also have some salary dumps the Leafs could look at in order to make this sort of swap even easier on their wallets, which is good news for a budget team.

Potential trade pieces: Panthers’ 2nd round pick (2016), Panthers’ 2nd round pick (2017), F Rocco Grimaldi

Potential salary dumps: F Shawn Thornton (1.2M until this summer), D Willie Mitchell (IR, 4.25M until this summer), and if you want to get more creative, F Marc Savard (IR, 4.027M until 2017)

Pittsburgh Penguins

Toronto and Pittsburgh have linked up for two trades over the last year, and if the Pens decide to be buyers again at this deadline, they could make it three. 

Pittsburgh should probably be looking for help on the blue-line, but since they continue to be so top heavy, they likely want to add cheap depth everywhere. 

When these teams got together for a deal last deadline, the Pens gave up a 2nd-rounder, 4th-rounder, and roster spot dump Zach Sill for Daniel Winnik. While I don’t think they’ll go that far again on a pure rental and send multiple picks, they still have second and third round selections they could ship out on their own.

Potential trade pieces: Ducks’ 2nd round pick (2016), Penguins’ 3rd round pick (2016), Penguins’ 3rd round pick (2017)

Potential salary dumps: F Matt Cullen (800K until this summer), D Ben Lovejoy (1.1M until this summer)

Boston Bruins

Yes I realize we’ve kept this thing all in the east, and mostly within the division, but if this week has taught us anything, the Leafs don’t care about that at all. And with shipping out a rental in a year where they aren’t even close to being competitive, why would they?

Boston, sort of like Detroit, is at the end of their line for being competitive and they’ll probably stock up a little for another attempt at a run. It isn’t worth paying a heavy price for, but like the rest of the teams mentioned here, they wouldn’t have to for Parenteau. 

Perhaps it’s in the Bruins’ best interest to look for blue-line help more than anything, but you can never really be too deep along the wings and Parenteau could be a nice fit around the middle of the lineup. 

Potential trade pieces: G Daniel Vladar, Isles’ 2nd round pick (2016), Bruins’ 2nd round pick (2016), Bruins’ third round pick (2017)

Potential salary dumps: F Max Talbot (900K until this summer), D Kevan Miller (800K until this summer), D Matt Irwin (800K in AHL until this summer)

  • SEER

    I think you are bang-on with your predictions of who will be interested, Jeff.. P.A. has been one of our better vets coming in.. and he looks better than last season, so I am sure there will be a lot of interest in him…

    RECENT STATS.

    2014-15 Montreal Canadiens – NHL
    56 games… 8 goals… 14 assists… 22 points… 0
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    2015 PLAYOFFS –
    8 games… 1 goal… 1 assist… 2 points…. ———————————————————

    2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs – NHL (*Up to Feb. 11th)
    52 games… 13 goals… 13 assists… 26 points… -4

    P.A. Power: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau Montage – TML 2015-16

    —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maRt-sgaWu8

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    ..And to catch up from the great Tuesday trade.. Here’s an excellent prospect that we got back, from Ottawa… : )

    I watched Tobias a lot last season, with the 2015 Memorial Cup & OHL Cup Winners.., the Oshawa Generals.. A good two-way player, that still has a lot more to offer than some might see, if they just look at stats… Works hard along the boards and in the corners.. and has a big frame to accomplish this..

    Tobias Lindberg/
    Right Wing/ shoots L/
    Born Jul 22 1995/ Stockholm, Sweden/
    20 yrs. ago/
    Height 6.03/ Weight 217

    RECENT STATS: (*Up to Feb. 11th 2016)

    2014-15 Oshawa Generals – OHL
    67 Games… 32 Goals… 46 Assists… 78 Points… +33 *PPG+
    —————-
    2015 OHL PLAYOFFS
    21 Games… 7 Goals… 12 Assists… 19 Points… -1
    ———————————-
    2015 MEMORIAL CUP TOURNAMENT
    4 Games… 3 Goals… 2 Assists… 5 Points… +5 “PPG+
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    2015-16 Binghamton Senators – AHL
    34 Games… 5 Goals… 17 Assists… 22 Points… +10

    Lovin’ Lindberg: Tobias Lindberg 2014-2016 Highlights – TML

    —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfwfP4OBOCU

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    ..And do they call Sparks back up for this game.., tonight? LOL!

    Sparks Shut-Out: Leafs Burn Oilers 3-0 – 11/30/2015 – TML

    —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIPWT_Cgc00

  • Jeremy Ian

    Yup, the Leafs basically got what they needed from PAP and he should find some suitors. He’s certainly the easiest of our UFA’s to move. So, hopefully we get a reasonable return in the form of a 2nd round pick or a 3rd with the right kind of prospect. And if you throw in a salary dump, that might grease things even more. (sorry for the jumbled metaphors).

  • SEER

    I think the Pens and Boston would be the best move. Package PA and Polak in either trade as it kills two birds with one stone for both teams.

    Pens: We need them to make the playoffs so we get their 1st rounder this year, that is enough reason to trade with them.

    One of those 2nd Rounders plus G Tristan Jarry or G Matt Murray

    Boston: I doubt G Subban or G McIntyre would be let go in this trade but it would be nice.

    Possible pieces outside draft picks: D Joe Morrow, D Colin Miller, D Kevan Miller, F Seth Griffith

  • TGT23

    minnesota wild, new york islanders should be added to this list as well… he was great with tavares. if not, put him on the 2nd line with lee/strome/nelson, etc. the wild are struggling to score and vanek sucks. none of their “stars” and highest paid guys are producing.