Daily Cupcakes - July 2, 2012

Feb 26, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; New York Islanders right wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (15) during warmup prior to game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

Some reaction from around the NHL about the Avalanche signing of former Islanders F P.A. Parenteau, starting with ESPN's Scott Burnside.

You can argue all you want about whether P.A. Parenteau, he of the 49 assists and 67 points for the New York Islanders last season, is worth the $16 million the Colorado Avalanche spent Sunday to bring him into the fold for the next four years. What is indisputable, though, is that GM Greg Sherman refuses to stand still in his efforts to rebuild the Avs into a Cup contender.

Puck Daddy also takes a quick glance at the deal and throws a significant wrench into the "Tavares carried Parenteau" theory.

Thing is, the Tavares argument might be a non-starter. The Avalanche aren't looking for Parenteau to be a primary offensive player; they're looking for him to do the same thing for Matt Duchene that he did for the player drafted two spots ahead of him.

Even TSN took some time away from stalking Zach Parise long enough to write about a transaction that involved exactly zero Canadian teams while also bringing up a downside not much talked about to this point.

One area in which Parenteau could improve in his new home is in terms of discipline. He had the second-worst penalty differential among Islanders forwards (via www.behindthenet.ca, only Marty Reasoner was worse) and his 13 combined slashing and tripping penalties was third-most among all NHL forwards last season.

Moving away from the Avalanche but sticking with the Islanders, New York made one of the more intriguing moves on Sunday with their extremely affordable signing of former 40-goal scorer Brad Boyes, who believes it wasn't all his fault his play declined so sharply in recent years.

"There were situations at times where I wasn’t put in the right position where I wanted," Boyes told the Gazette by phone Sunday afternoon. "I was playing first-unit power play, and there were times I don’t think I took advantage of that situation as much. And there were times I thought I was playing well and I didn’t get an opportunity. So I think it was on both sides.

The Center of the Hockey Universe made nary a splash in free agency's first day but they did finally acquire a Colorado center they've long lusted for. Sadly for them, it wasn't the one most were hoping for. Good luck in Toronto, Jay!

McClement, born in Kingston and a Tier 2 junior there, was the Leafs only NHL move Sunday. He was considered one of Colorado’s top penalty killers, a unit that jumped from 30th to 12th last season.

"He’s strong on faceoffs and in the last minute of a game, if we’re protecting the lead, he’s going to see the ice," Burke said.

Enjoy Day 2 of free agency, where hopefully the big pieces make big decisions and the market for impact secondary players gets moving along a bit. And for the last time, guys, Erik Johnson is not being traded. Sheesh.

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