Dreger: Parenteau shelving contract talks until season's end

Darren Dreger

2/15/2012 1:26:40 PM

New York Islanders forward P.A. Parenteau wants to focus on helping his team make the playoffs and would prefer to shelve contract negotiations until the end of the season.
Parenteau's agent, Allan Walsh says he and his client don't believe it is appropriate to pursue contract discussions at this time, but will listen if the Islanders are eager to negotiate.

"He's made it very clear from the outset that he's highly motivated to stay with the New York Islanders," Walsh told via e-mail. "The Islanders gave him his first real opportunity to thrive in the NHL, he has a fantastic relationship with his teammates, the coaches, Garth Snow and the fans. Most importantly, P.A. sees the Islanders trending up and believes they will be a contending team for many years to come.

"With that being said, the Islanders are currently six points out of a playoff spot. Now is the time to play hockey, not to discuss or focus on contracts. When the season is over, I'm sure both parties will work diligently towards an agreement that will ensure a mutual long term commitment to one another."

Parenteau has 12 goals and 39 assists for 51 points, two points shy of equalling a career-high and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

However, Walsh adds Parenteau's focus remains on getting a deal done with the Islanders before July 1.