The Toronto Maple Leafs lost a pair of forwards in Saturday’s road setback against the Montreal Canadiens as PA Parenteau and rookie Byron Froese both left the game with injuries.
Parenteau exited midway through the first period with what was described as an upper-body injury by the team but later said to be muscle cramps by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Expected to be dealt by Monday’s trade deadline, Parenteau took five shifts totaling 2 minutes, 36 seconds of ice time.
Froese departed in the second session with what Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock confirmed to be a broken hand, which he suffered when blocking a shot by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. The 24-year-old Froese recorded a plus-1 rating and three blocked shots while winning four of his nine faceoffs in 8:06 of ice time.
The 32-year-old Parenteau ranks second on the team with 16 goals – his highest total since scoring 18 in 2012-13 with the Colorado Avalanche. He has added 16 assists to place third on the club behind Leo Komarov (35) and Nazem Kadri (33) with 32 points.
Selected by Anaheim in the ninth round of the 2001 draft, Parenteau toiled in juniors and the minors for several years before being traded to Chicago in December 2006. He made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in 2006-07, notching one assist in five games.
Parenteau did not resurface in the league until 2009-10, when he recorded three goals and five assists in 22 contests with the New York Rangers, who acquired him in october 2007. He then signed with the New York Islanders and netted a career-high 20 tallies in 81 games the following season.
The 6-foot, 198-pound Parenteau moved on to Colorado for two campaigns and spent 2014-15 with the Montreal Canadiens after being acquired for Daniel Briere before inking a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Toronto in July. A native of Hull, Quebec who won the silver medal with Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship, he has collected 97 goals and 162 assists in 407 regular-season games while recording two tallies and five points in 15 playoff contests with Colorado and Montreal.
Froese was a fourth-round draft pick of Chicago in 2009 but never suited up for the Blackhawks, spending his time with the organization in the minors. The 6-foot, 199-pound native of Winkler, Manitoba signed with Toronto in July and has registered two goals and three assists in 50 games this season – his first in the NHL.