NEWARK — As last week began, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau was ready to roll into the N.H.L. season with the Islanders. He and his family had moved in late August to Great Neck, N.Y., and his 6-year-old daughter was enrolled in school in New Rochelle.
The family still lives in Great Neck, his daughter still goes to school in New Rochelle, and Parenteau, who is known as P. A., began the season with a goal in his first game. But it was not for the Islanders, who, in a surprise, waived him Oct. 10.
Parenteau was claimed off waivers a day later by the team on the west side of the Hudson: the Devils. His first game went so well that he was promoted to the line that includes center Travis Zajac and the prized forward Taylor Hall for their second game.
Parenteau, who in his first stint with the Islanders from 2010 to 2012 was a linemate of John Tavares’s, had signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract in the off-season, but he became expendable when two 19-year-old forwards, Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier, played well in training camp.
“You see that every year,” Parenteau said Monday. “They made that decision that they were going to go with those two guys. I’m the one who got the boot there. But it is what it is. I understand the business.”
He smiled and added: “Obviously, I was mad the first two days, especially with my family being there and being all set up. You’re ready to open the season, and the next thing you know, you’re not going to be a part of it. It’s tough to swallow, but I’ve got a great opportunity here.”
With 22 games for the Rangers in the 2009-10 season, 161 games for the Islanders…