New Canadiens right-winger P.A. Parenteau can’t wait for training camp to start next month and to play his first game in bleu-blanc-rouge.
“We’re almost a month away from training camp now … it’s exciting,” Parenteau said during a live YouTube Q&A session with fans set up by the Canadiens on Thursday afternoon (see video below).
Parenteau, who played in a pro-am event at the Canadian Open golf tournament last month at Royal Montreal (photo above) was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Daniel Brière on June 30, with the Canadiens also receiving a 2015 fifth-round draft pick in the deal.
In 55 games last season with the Avalanche, the 6-foot, 193-pound Parenteau posted 14-19-33 totals with 30 penalty minutes and was plus-3. The 31-year-old Hull native missed 27 games with right knee injury.
Parenteau was asked by a fan Thursday what he’s looking forward to most about being a Canadien.
“It’s definitely playing in front of my friends and family,” he said. “I could never dream of something like that. I think it’s going to be awesome. I’m very excited and I think the people that surround me here in Montreal are excited as well.”
When asked what he’ll bring to the Canadiens, Parenteau said: “I think I bring a lot of experience … I bring a lot of offence, too. These are two things I think I can help the team with. I want to be really successful offensively, I want to play good in my own end, too. I want to be really good overall. I’m working hard this summer to make sure I’m in great shape and all my injuries from last year are behind me. It’s going to be a fun season … I’m excited.
“I’m excited to share the ice with P.K. Subban, Carey Price … these guys are really, really good players around the league, they’re well known,” Parenteau added. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a good year. There’s a lot of guys on the team I’m excited to play hockey with, there’s no doubt about that.”
Parenteau was also asked what Canadiens player he hated most to play against.
“I wouldn’t say hated … obviously, I never liked to play against Carey Price because he’s one of the best,” Parenteau said. “I think I have one or two goals in my career against him, but he’s a really good goalie and definitely not the guy you’re excited to face, there’s no doubt about that.”
Parenteau has had an impressive career for a player who was selected in the ninth round (264th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2001 NHL entry draft. In 291 career regular-season games, he had 73-132-205 totals. He has two years remaining on a four-year, $16-million contract and, according to capgeek.com, has $15.8 million in career earnings.
(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)