Right wing George Parros, whose pugilistic abilities and extensive community work made him a popular player with the Ducks for the last six seasons, is expected to test the free agent market when it opens on July 1.
Ducks GM Bob Murray told the Register that he made an offer to the enforcer but would not be any more specific beyond that. Parros, 32, finished a three-year deal worth $875,000 per season.
“Met with him on Friday,” Murray said. ”I’ve got a strong feeling he’s going to go to free agency and take a peek. We offered him a contract. I think he’s going to go to free agency, which is his right.”
Because of injuries and the change behind the bench from Randy Carlyle to Bruce Boudreau, Parros played in only 46 games last season — his fewest since appearing in only 32 with the Ducks in 2006-07 after coming over from Colorado in an early-season trade.
There figures to be a question of Parros’ role going forward as Boudreau wants to ice a fourth line that can play some significant minutes and signaled that when he often sat the winger down the stretch. Parros averaged just 6 minutes, 22 seconds last season and had one goal, three assists and 85 penalty minutes.
The Ducks have four notable unrestricted free agents in Parros, defenseman Sheldon Brookbank and winger Teemu Selanne. The club is far apart with Brookbank on a new deal and will readily work on re-signing Selanne once he officially announces his return for another season. Center Rod Pelley likely won’t be brought back.
“I have no promises with Brookie and George,” Murray said. “They have the right to do this.”