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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It had been two years since P.A. Parenteau graced the ice of Nassau Coliseum, but that changed Saturday when he made his first visit to Long Island since leaving the Islanders in free agency and signing with the Colorado Avalanche in 2012.During his tenure on Long Island, Parenteau became a fixture on the Islanders top line, creating good chemistry with John Tavares and former winger Matt Moulson. He recorded 38 goals and 82 assists for 120 points over the two years he wore the orange and blue.Despite the success he had, the Islanders and Parenteau could not come to an agreement and he signed in the  "Mile-High City" on July 1, 2012."I think their young talent that they had... I think that really appealed to me," Parenteau responded when asked what attracted  him to Colorado. "Also it's a great city. Me and the family were pretty comfortable there and we really enjoy it so far."No matter how much he is enjoyed his time with the Avs, Parenteau is grateful for his time and the opportunity he got with the Islanders."I'm really grateful for what Snowy and Jack did for me in my first year there," he said. "It's something I'll never forget. They pretty much put me on the map, so that's something I'm really grateful for. It was two great years, I got to play with really great players and it was an awesome time." The 30-year-old winger also remembered his time playing alongside a world class player like Tavares fondly."He's a special player to play with," Parenteau said. "I think around the net he's so good and the way he prepares for games too. I think it's pretty impressive for a guy that age. He's still a good friend of mine. I still talk to him, we went for dinner last night. He was fun to play with and I have some really good memories of my two years here."Tavares was equally as complimentary of Parenteau during his chat with reporters prior to Saturday's game."He’s got a great personality; he’s a great guy in the locker room," the Islander captain told the team's website. "He’s very upbeat and he’s got a great skill set. He overcame a lot to finally make it in the NHL, so I’m happy to see him doing well."Parenteau has put up 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) this season with Colorado.In a homecoming of sorts, Parenteau and the Avalanche came away on the winning side. The Avs defeated the Islanders 5-2 and and the former Islander assisted on Matt Duchene's first goal of the evening.Parenteau finished the game seeing 16:11 of total ice time against his former team.
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