Originally posted on my Tumblr in response to a post arguing that Parenteau was terrible and not worth his contract.
“uhhhhhhh for the amount he does and the salary he has he is not worth it. You do realize that if a player is being overpaid that isn’t a good thing…right?”
Comparables at 4M other than Briere include Hudler of Calgary (31 goals, 76 points in 78 games who had an incredible year), Pouliot of Edmonton (19 goals, 34 points in 58 games), Bickell of Chicago (14 goals, 28 points in 80 games), Jokinen of Florida (8 goals, 44 points in 81 games), Michalek of Ottawa (13 goals, 34 points in 66 games) and Jones of Calgary (14 goals, 30 points in 67 games).
He missed a lot of games due to injuries, and stupid and inexplicable decisions by Therrien. He also suffered from utterly strange deployment, being frequently lower in the lineup than the likes of DSP and Weise (which meant he sometimes played with Eller, which makes it really hard to score, see any Eller piece ever written by myself or people at EOTP).
Saying Parenteau is over-paid based purely on his offensive output when he was under-utilized and strangely deployed is lazy, and quite frankly, wrong. He doesn’t need to go, he needs to be properly used. As the original poster said, the Habs were quantifiably better with him on the ice, and he should never have been a healthy scratch.
The Habs should definitely keep him.