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NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Islanders Will Listen On P.A. Parenteau

With the Islanders playoff dreams becoming exactly that, New York is turning it's attention to the future.

According to a report by NBC Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon, the Isles are willing to deal forward P.A. Parenteau.

Parenteau is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and it's unclear whether he would return. He's having an very nice season, by far the best of his young career. Parenteau has notched 56 points, with 42 of them being assists.

As passed along by Chris Botta of the NY Times, general manager Garth Snow is looking to acquire a first round pick and a player. It's hard to imagine anybody making a deal with that high of a price tag for someone who isn't an elite scorer. It's also fair to wonder how good Parenteau would be if he wasn't on a line with John Tavares.

Snow needs to move Parenteau if he feels re-signing him is a pipe dream. It would be a brutal pill to swallow for the Isles if he left and they received nothing in return.

It will be very intriguing to watch the drama unfold on Monday, with the trade deadline coming rapidly at 3 p.m. ET.

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