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Islanders sign Parenteau

The New York Islanders announced on Friday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau.

Parenteau played within the New York Rangers organization for the past three seasons. Last year he appeared in 22 NHL games with the Rangers, scoring three goals and five assists for eight points. He added 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 35 AHL gams with Hartford in 2009-10.

A native of Hull, Que., Parenteau has recorded 166 goals and 237 assists for 403 points in 450 career AHL games with Hartford, Norfolk, Portland and Cincinnati. He has nine points (3g, 6a) in 27 career NHL contests with the Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Parenteau finished in the top 10 in AHL scoring in 2007-08 (fourth) and 2008-09 (ninth), and was a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2007-08 and a First Team selection in 2008-09.

The Islanders also signed forward Zenon Konopka, a teammate of Parenteau’s in Cincinnati (2004-05) and Portland (2005-07).

“To add both Pierre and Zenon puts a tremendous amount of skill and grit into our lineup,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “Pierre has been one of the top scorers in the AHL the past [several] seasons and showed he can play in the NHL in his time with the Rangers this season. Konopka is a high character guy that will do anything to help our team win and adds an intimidating factor into our lineup.”