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February 15, 2017 | 9:50am ET
Parenteau understands trade could come

Devils forward P-A Parenteau wants to stay in New Jersey, he's made that clear, but he also understands he could be moved prior to the March 1 trade deadline, which is two weeks away.

Parenteau, 33, is on a one-year, $1.25 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

He isn't sure what the team has planned over these next two weeks, but he's aware of the possibilities.

"I have a little bit of an idea, obviously," Parenteau told The Record. "We're not stupid. We know where we stand in the organization, but I feel like they're pretty happy with what I've brought to the table this year. If it comes to an extension, I have no idea. I think the next couple of weeks are going to be huge when it comes to that."

The Devils currently sit five points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, but are also chasing three other teams.

Parenteau's name has started popping up more frequently in trade speculation, as playoff contending teams make their inquiries around the league.

Several clubs are in the market for secondary scoring and Parenteau's production this season, mixed with his affordable contract, makes him a very attractive commodity.

"I went through it last year," Parenteau said. "I was having a really good year and I didn't get traded. Who knows? The market changes every year. I'm aware of my age, and when I sign a one-year deal like that, if the team is going to be out of playoff contention, there's a chance I get moved."


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