Sources: P.A. Parenteau gets $16M

Updated: July 2, 2012, 12:18 AM ET
By Katie Strang |

The Colorado Avalanche have signed free agent forward P.A. Parenteau to a four-year deal which sources say is worth $16 million.

Parenteau, 29, is coming off a career-high 67-point season for the Islanders and was seeking a significant raise from the $1.25 million he earned last season with New York.

He recorded 18 goals and 49 assists in 80 games with the Islanders in 2011-12 and totaled just two points less than highly coveted Devils free agent Zach Parise.

He played for the New York Rangers during the 2009-10 season before signing as a free agent with the Islanders in July 2010. He has 41 goals and 129 points in four NHL seasons with three teams.

Avs general manager Greg Sherman says Parenteau "is a skilled winger who will instantly improve our offense."

Information from's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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