Patrick Roy said he doesn’t like scratching P.A. Parenteau and P.A. Parenteau said he doesn’t like being scratched by Patrick Roy. But the two sides are on the same side entering tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. Parenteau, a skilled top-six forward who is in the second year of a four-year, $16 million contract, is scheduled to be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. Parenteau returned from a 10-game absence from a knee injury Jan. 21 and played three games, registering an assist, before sitting out Monday in a 4-3 win at Dallas. “Not what I expected but it is what it is,” Parenteau told me after this morning’s skate at the Pepsi Center. “Sometimes things happen in this business and you have to deal with it and stay positive. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m not blind to the fact the team was hot when I wasn’t playing, and I talked to Patty about that — it’s tough to change your lineup when you’re winning. I got back maybe a little too quick. I wasn’t 100 percent — close to 100 but not quite. I’ll be patient with it, no matter what happens. I’m going to be a good pro about it.” Parenteau, 30, has been rumored to be on the trading block, with some reports saying the Montreal Canadiens might give up defenseman P.K. Subban for Parenteau and prospect(s) or draft picks. Subban, 24, is a 2014 Team Canada Olympian who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent and will command a salary in excess of $6 million next season and beyond. Roy and the Avs don’t comment on trade rumors but Roy said Parenteau will be back playing for the Avs “soon.” Said Parenteau, who is from Hull, Quebec: “Any time a top-six guy on a team is out of the lineup (rumors) are going to go around. It’s part of the game, but it’s not fun with family and stuff like that. It’s Montreal, too, and everyone was calling me. But I’m trying to block that out and wait for my turn. The team is winning, playing really well and Patty likes his top-six right now. I’ll be patient. I know I belong on the top-six, big-time, I proved it in the past, but sometimes things change in this league pretty quick. We’ll see where this goes.” Roy reiterated that Parenteau is not in his doghouse. He’s simply not fit for a fourth-line role, and he doesn’t want to remove John Mitchell or Max Talbot from the Nathan MacKinnon-centered line or take Jamie McGinn off Matt Duchene’s line with Ryan O’Reilly. Paul Stastny’s line of left wing Gabe Landeskog and Alex Tanguay is 14-1 when intact.
Avs’ P.A. Parenteau responds to benching, trade rumors to Canadiens
Denver Post | Jan 30