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Parenteau: Joining Canadiens a 'dream come true'

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TSN.ca Staff
7/21/2014 3:48:00 PM
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P.A. Parenteau has no complaints about being a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

Speaking at the RBC Canadian Open Pro-Am in Montreal on Monday - his first media availability since being traded to the Habs - Parenteau said he's overjoyed to be playing in his home province of Quebec for the team he grew up cheering for.

"I'm not going to lie, it was kind of a dream come true," Parenteau said. "You never know when it's going to happen, or if ever it's going to happen and it did for me. I'm really excited and couldn't have asked for a better scenario."

The Canadiens acquired the 31-year-old winger last month in a trade that sent Daniel Briere to the Colorado Avalanche.

Parenteau is coming off a season of struggles with the Avalanche, scoring 14 goals and 33 points in 55 games. However, he feels a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs to get back on track.

"I didn't have the season I wanted last year, obviously," the native of Hull, QC said. "This is a great opportunity for me, I'm excited."

Parenteau said he hasn't yet learned where he'll play in the Canadiens lineup, but he's not concerned about finding his spot on the team.

"Obviously, I'm a top-six forward," Parenteau said. "This is where I want to play and I'm sure I'm going to have a chance to play here but I have to be ready and will do so."

After being eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, Parenteau is happy to be playing on a team that made a deeper playoff run last year - and is ready to do the same this season.

"There was a good team in Colorado but there's an even better team in Montreal and I'm excited for the challenge," he said.

P.A. Parenteau (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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