P.A. Parenteau in Canadiens' lineup after agent's tweet draws attention

Coach Michel Therrien gave a sly smile when asked if P.A. Parenteau's return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup Thursday had anything to do with a tweet sent by his agent. Parenteau has been a healthy scratch in five of the last six games.

Coach Therrien says timing right for forward to return

Canadiens forward P.A. Parenteau will be in the lineup Thursday against the visiting Ottawa Senators after being a healthy scratch for five of six games following a return from a concussion. Interestingly, Parenteau draws back in after his agent, Allan Walsh, tweeted that Montreal could use his point production. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Coach Michel Therrien gave a sly smile when asked if Pierre-AlexandreParenteau's return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup had anything to do with a tweet sent by his agent.

"We saw the tweet from his agent and that made us think seriously about bringing him back to the lineup," a tongue-in-cheek Therrien said from Brossard, Que., after confirming the winger would return for a game Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Parenteau, who has only six goals and 15 points in 41 games this season, has been a healthy scratch in five of the last six games after returning from a concussion.

After a 1-0 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, his agent Allan Walsh sent a tweet, suggesting the Canadiens could use the forward’s offensive skill.

Therrien said he felt the timing was right to get Parenteau back in the game. He skated on the second line with Tomas Plenkanec and Alex Galchenyuk.

He said he met with Parenteau to tell him there was no pressure on him to score but he needed to work hard, make good decisions and make plays.

Parenteau had no comment on Walsh's tweet.

When asked if an agent putting pressure on a coach would affect the team, Therrien smiled again and said: "I don't think so."

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.