Daniel Carrozzi- P.A. Parenteau
The New York Rangers should sign free agent P.A. Parenteau.
The majority of the free agent class has already been signed. Now, the team’s greatest weakness is at center. If this is the case, then why sign Parenteau, a winger?
The short answer is that teams can always use more depth. Whether as a contingency in case of injury, or the possibility of capturing lighting in a bottle, more legitimate options can only help.
Parenteau has come a long way since his short stint as a Ranger. Although his last season was one to forget, he is only one season removed from a 20 goal, 41 point season with the then floundering Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Rangers seem to like to sign several depth free agents to low risk contracts each offseason. Last season, Michael Grabner, Nathan Gerbe and Josh Jooris were given such offers. Jooris and Grabner made the team out of camp and the latter went on to score 27 goals.
The team has already made one such offer to David Desharnais and it would be a prudent move to make one to Parenteau. He is still unsigned after a lackluster regular season and postseason, therefore he will likely be fairly inexpensive.
If he doesn’t pan out, then no harm no foul. However if he does, like Michael Grabner did the season before, then that makes the Rangers that much more lethal.