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Sportsnet's Luke Fox has been monitoring the fates of the "NHL's Top 10 Unrestricted Free Agents"--with an emphasis on those who remain on the marketplace--The Score's Thomas Drance has penned a list of 3 categories of "cheap free agent gambles that pay off year after year," and while general managers are most likely "at the lake" or golf course right now (World Junior Selection camps begin in August and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic kicks off the 2014-2015 scouting season), both Fox, Drance and ESPN's Craig Custance duly note that there are some bargains out there.
Said players tend to have to reduce their asking prices and may end up waiting until training camps begin to find their NHL homes, but the Devin Setoguchis, Tomas Vokouns, Dustin Penners, Daniel Winniks, etc. do tend to make significant impacts eventually...
And Custance's Insider-only entry leads off with a player who may or may not fit into the "best player who played outside of the NHL last season" category:
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons can be equally acerbic and surprisingly sincere, so let's cover both areas of his writing in a short survey of his Sunday column.
Regarding the acerbic part, I hate to say it, but I most certainly agree with him here....
Free agents I wouldn’t touch: Vanek, Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Lee Stempniak, David Booth ... So we’re wondering: Does Tim Thomas get a job this summer?
(Did Tim Thomas hear David Poile explain that Nashville has no state taxes on income? Red State Tour, woo!)
I understand why Jason Spezza turned down a deal to Nashville. Would hate to be a lone wolf in the Western Conference at centre and be overmanned nightly against the Kings, Ducks, Blackhawks, Sharks and Avalanche.
But I will be a little acerbic in suggesting that the damn 2nd-through-7th round NHL Draft on the NHL Network involves far too much talking over everything, and in the talking heads blathering on, they missed what was an absolutely wonderfully touching moment:
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Few players in this league have been more polarizing than Penner, whose 6-foot-4, 242-pound frame and soft hands scream top-six power forward. His terrific play during both the Ducks’ 2007 Cup run and the Kings’ 2011 title campaign -- as well as his 32-goal campaign with the Oilers in 2009-10 -- reminded you of just how good he can be. But then came the dip last season, which opens the door for his harshest critics to come down on him.
Sometimes it’s important to remember the guy wasn’t ever drafted, signed out of college as a free agent by Anaheim in May 2004. So maybe some people have just expected too much out of him all along.
Regardless, Penner has obviously heard it all.
"I find it pretty comical,” said Penner. "People seem to forget where I came from. I’ve had a pretty eventful career to say the least, both positively and negatively. What people say about me in the hockey world isn’t going to change how I feel about myself in the real world."
Another chapter in the Dustin Penner book beckons, but what’s in store?
TSN's Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun discussed David Clarkson's suspension, Paul Bissonnette's appealing of his suspension, the probability of the NHL and NHLPA adopting hybrid icing and even expansion to Seattle in an "Insider Trading" segment, but pre-season hockey games aren't exactly covered with the intense scrutiny of regular-season games, so the most intriguing part of their segment involves, well, assessing which players have played well and which ones have played poorly during the part of the season that theoretically doesn't count:
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Ducks have signed left wing Dustin Penner to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Penner, 30 (9/28/82), has scored 137-138=275 points with 324 penalty minutes (PIM) in 522 career NHL games with Anaheim, Edmonton and Los Angeles. A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Ducks (2007) and Kings (2012), Penner has earned 13-22=35 points with a +19 rating and 58 PIM in 78 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
from Jonathan Davis of FoxSports West,
With the salary cap dropping to $64.3 million and the Kings already committed to just over $56 million to 15 players with eight players still to sign to fill out the 23-man roster, there just isn’t enough left in the kitty to pay Penner who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
Penner is coming off a 1-year, $3.25 million contract and though he will likely have to take a paycut regardless of where he signs, Penner is likely to field offers in the range of $1.5-$2 million per season. The Kings would only be in a position to offer him a deal in the area of $800-900K.
From borderline hits,to checks to questionable goalie-screening, Dustin Penner was noticeable last night in the Kings' loss.
Video via Sportnet where you can read more on Penner's night.
On whether he had a good vantage point of the goaltender interference call on Trevor Lewis:
“You know, I didn’t because I was watching Richards shoot it. I find it very tough to believe with a player as intelligent as Trevor Lewis that he’d run the goalie. I asked him. He said he got pushed from behind. I believe him, and I’m disappointed that the refs had enough confidence to make a gutsy call like that in the last whatever, 30 seconds in the period. It’s pretty impressive when you have enough gall to guess, because I’m going to look at the tape and I’m going to see if he got pushed, because I know what it’s like to drive the net. Sometimes it happens.”
-Dustin Penner of the LA Kings via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider
Watch the interference call below, I have advanced the video to the time when the play started...
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
am told Penner has re-signed in LA… one year, north of $3 M
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Will a return to the third line get Dustin Penner’s production going? Penner spent the previous two games in a first-line look, with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, and the result was one shot on goal, one minor penalty and a minus-2 rating. So, the Kings will try something different. With first-line winger Simon Gagne expected to return Thursday, Penner will return to the third line, alongside Jarret Stoll and Brad Richardson. That’s a role in which Penner seemed to have his best game of the season, last week in Dallas, so Terry Murray will give it another look Thursday. Penner has one point, an assist, in nine games this season.
from Dan Arritt of ESPN LosAngeles,
The hit that sidelined Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty with an upper-body injury for a week to 10 days continued to produce a domino effect elsewhere on the team.
Dustin Penner, who instigated a fight with Flyers rookie forward Zac Rinaldo after his first-period collision with Doughty on Saturday night in Philadelphia, left the ice midway through practice Monday at Toyota Sports Center because of a knee injury suffered during the skirmish.
Despite being “reassured” by a doctor in Philadelphia and the Kings training staff that the injury was just a bruise, coach Terry Murray said Penner decided to have the injury further examined by the team physician.
“He wanted to get it checked out by the doctor and see if there’s anything further on that,” Murray said. “The plan was full practice (Monday) and there was nothing before the practice that was going to lead me to think that it was going to be anything different than that, so obviously it’s bothering him.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Dustin Penner was on the fourth line for the Los Angeles Kings in Thursday’s overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks, which is not what general manager Dean Lombardi had in mind when he effectively gave up two first-round picks to the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 27.
Lombardi forked over abrasive defence prospect Colten Teubert, the Kings’ second first-round selection in 2008 (13th overall after they took Drew Doughty second) and the Kings’ first-round selection this June, to the Oilers for the fridge-sized left-winger Penner.
The Kings needed an upgrade in their top six forwards so they went for Penner, but there he was in Game 1 of the playoff series with the Sharks playing with slugger Kevin Westgarth and rookie centre Trevor Lewis.
With the message sending, 10 forwards played more five-on-five minutes than Penner in the series opener that ended in the 74th minute on Joe Pavelski’s overtime goal.
Reflecting on the 2007 Stanley Cup win for the Ducks, Helene Elliotte at the LA Times ducks into a time capsule to remember Anaheim’s moment in the sun:
“That’s still to this day one of the most amazing feelings and tough to pinpoint exactly how you feel at that moment,” [Dustin Penner] said. “The whole season was a grind. You went through ups and downs the whole year and a lot of things had to line up for us to get to that point, but it was such a great feeling about relief and success and accomplishment and the pride everybody had for each other in that room.”
The feeling was similar for Perry.
“That was a special moment for all three of us. All the emotions running through your body, I don’t even know if you really knew what was going on. It happened so fast,” he said. “You dream your whole life that one day you’ll get to hold it up in the air, and we had that chance and we took it all in.”
Can you frame a video on the wall?
The NHL Network provides an inside look at the official trade call between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings
Should be a great game tonight as the Canadiens try to eke a win out of their, to this point, disappointing road trip out west. Carry Price gets the start in hs stomping ground, as the Habs continue to ice a patchwork defense and an offense that continued to underachiever.
Sorry for the bad quality of the video, but it is the only one I could find and it is time to hit the bed.
Watch it below and I will update the video tomorrow morning.
added 8:41am on 10/17/10, video has been updated.
from David Staples at the Cult Of Hockey,
Right now, Penner is a different kind of all by himself, right at the very top of the NHL when it comes to point production at even strength.
Heading into Friday night’s games, according to Behind the Net, Penner is averaging 4.86 points for every 60 minutes of even strength play, while Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is at 4.77 points per 60 minutes of play, good for second place.
The next most productive scorers are Brad Richards, wonder kid Ryan O’Reilly, Marian Gaborik and Gilbert Brule.
What does this tell us, other than Penner is doing a great imitation of Phil Esposito right now?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Whatever the reason, he’s a different player on the ice. He gets from A to Z so much quicker these days. The puck seems to follow him.
“I do feel faster,” said Penner. “I’ve watched some of my shifts on tape.”
Perhaps he’s simply had his eureka moment. The 27-year-old would be following in the long line of power wingers that have taken a bit longer to figure it out. From Cam Neely to John LeClair to Todd Bertuzzi to Johan Franzen, they all took two or three NHL seasons to find their “A” game.
“Anticipating is a huge part of it because I’m already moving my feet because I know where the puck is going to go and I’m confident I want to get it,” Penner said of his new mindset. “Before, it was like, ‘Geez, if I touch the puck now, I could screw up and I’ll just compound a problem that’s already there.’ So when you’re tentative, you tend to look lethargic and slow.”
“I was trying to set small goals first, I wasn’t expecting to see my name up with the league-leaders. That would have to be the best game of my career, certainly statistically. The stars lined up for me and my linemates tonight.
“It feels really good. I don’t know the last time I was on a team that bounced back from down as much as we were. That’s one of the games where you know the true meaning of momentum.”
-Dustin Penner of the Edmonton Oilers after a 5 point night (2g, 3a). More on the game from the CP at the Globe and Mail.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
...Part of the problem here—a huge part of the problem I suspect—is that Penner simply doesn’t look like a hockey player. Instead, Penner looks pudgy. Chubby, you might even say, or fat, if you were a coach on a losing streak.
His skating stride appears to be leisurely. He ambles more than he churns the ice. Even when he’s making an effective deke, he appears to be doing so in slow motion.
In those rare moments when he does really get it going, when he hammers a shot on net, or uses his size to hammer an opponent into the boards, it only tends to make things worse for Penner, leaving fans to ask: Why can’t he do that every night?
Penner’s main issue is optics, that hockey players aren’t supposed to be pudgy and slow, and when we rate a player like Penner, it’s hard to overlook our strong visceral reaction to his appearance and style of play.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Penner was a dressing room no-show after the game, sending word that he was “in the gym.”
The previous game, MacTavish had been asked about benching Penner and replied: “Dustin lacks the consistency, night in and night out, but I wasn’t upset with the lack of focus or energy. He just struggled with the puck.”
Yesterday, he had more to say.
“He’s lost his game. It’s more than his play with the puck. When you have a guy like Hemsky playing the way he is right now, all you have to do is get him the puck somewhere between the hash marks in your own end and the red line and you are going to get a chance.
“Hemsky’s an elite player playing at the top of the game and we have to find someone for him.”
from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,
If only I could feel bad for the Oilers and their serious case of buyer’s remorse.
What, exactly, did Edmonton think it was purchasing with that offer sheet? Penner was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound winger who had played two seasons of college hockey, two seasons in the American League and one full season in the NHL (plus 19 games in part of one other season)....
Did they know his legs were “inconsistent” and his conditioning sometimes an issue? Did they know that the “competitiveness” part of his game has “always been a problem?”
That’s the reason GMs snicker. Edmonton didn’t know, but they hoped. They paid an exorbitant price and hoped for the best. They now have buyer’s remorse.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
(Dustin) Penner has been on a terrible run of games, similar to a few bad runs he had last season where he would disappear for weeks at a time. When we last saw Penner, before he was banished to the press box on Saturday, tiny Alexander Steen of the Leafs had blasted the 6-foot, 4-inch, 240-pound Oilers forward right off the puck, as if Penner were Tara Lipinski.
It would be hard for MacTavish to get any greyer than he is, so we’ll have to say that this is the kind of play that will make the Oilers coach go bald.
All that said, Penner wasn’t exactly set up for success this season. If he wanted to nurse feelings that the coach has had it in for him this season, there would be some justification.
- Before the season began, the Oilers brought in Erik Cole to take Penner’s place on the first line with Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff. That didn’t work out for Cole, Hemsky or Horcoff, who completely failed to click.
The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features Dustin Penner (Edmonton Oilers), Jeff Hamilton (Chicago Wolves), Hardy Sauter (Spokane Chiefs), Bruce Garrioch (Ottawa Sun) and Brian Daccord (Stop It Goaltending).
The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio. To chime in you can reach them at 1-877-645-6696 or 1-877-NHL-6696 or email email@example.com.
The regular season hasn’t even started yet and already Dustin Penner has pulled off what will likely be the most successful prank of the season. Last night, as the Oilers players and staff settled into their rooms at Jasper Park Lodge, Penner was busy getting dressed up in the scary mask from the “Saw” horror movie series. He went from room to room knocking on doors and scaring his teammates when they opened up. Ethan Moreau ended up with a choke hold on him and Kyle Brodziak nearly destroyed his own computer while attempting what Penner called “the flying crane” ninja move. Penner told me “this is just the tip of the iceberg”.
Here’s the story on audio, as told by the Oilers themselves. Great stuff.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
The Oilers Dustin Penner has just a bit of Mahovlich in his game, but it’s enough that it’s worth mentioning….
Penner does have Mahovlich-like reach and range, something that 6-foot, 5-inch Petee, the Little M, employed to his great advantage for the Montreal Candiens as a penalty killer, and something we should see more of from Penner if he continues to kill penalties this year, as he has been doing in the preseason.
Big, mobile guys with long reaches, such as Big Pete, such as Penner, present huge obstacles on all parts of the ice for power play specialists, much more so than little guys like, say, Todd Marchant.
from Joanne Irelend of the Edmonton Journal,
The role has changed. Dramatically.
But now that Dustin Penner has been moved on to the Edmonton Oilers’ checking line so, too, have the expectations.
“Normally, it would be a real step back for a guy who has played all those minutes on the first line and got first line power-play minutes,” head coach Craig MacTavish said.
From Robert Tychkowski at the Edmonton Sun,
Much ado, it turns out, about nothing.
“It’s just so typical of how people jump to conclusions,” Edmonton’s general manager said yesterday in a telephone interview from the World Championships.
Lowe took enormous heat at the time of the deal, and was forced to defend himself during every subsequent attack from Burke.
Now that the draft order is complete (except for 27, 28, 29 and 30, depending on how the final four play out), and the evidence is there in black and white, there has to be a sense of vindication. Unfortunately there’s no undoing the bad blood and the black mark the the feud left on Burke, Lowe and the NHL.
Update 12:18pm ET: More on the adventures of Penner, Lowe, Burke & Co. from David Staples in the Edmonton Journal today.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
If this year was a sophomore jinx for a guy who’s only played 183 NHL games, he came through it pretty well.
“It took him a while to realize the increased responsibility and the burden of that responsibility on him,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “He was coming from Anaheim, where if he wasn’t going (well), they sat him on the bench and went with other options. We needed him every night, that was a big burden for him early on in the year.
“To combine that with the expectations that everybody had based on the contract and the dialogue that went along with that was a big burden for him. I thought he handled it very well, I was happy with the way he fit in with the team.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Penner has six goals and eight assists for 14 points so far this season, including goals in back-to-back games on the road trip.
Linemate and interim captain Shawn Horcoff says he’s good with Penner.
“He’s a little bit of a work in progress,” he said. “It’s not easy to play like he did in L.A. every night. That’s real tough to do. But he has potential to do that. You have to remember he’s essentially in his second year in the league. You have to be patient.
“I think he’s going to be there. This year? Maybe not. But by the second half of next year ...”
From the Edmonton Journal,
Dustin Penner has been setting up shop in front of the net when the Oilers have had the man advantage, but he hasn’t been able to bang one in. He has one goal in his last 10 games.
“We need those to start going in for us,” MacTavish said. “We need that efficiency around the net.”
“It’s a matter of getting more hungry for the pucks, more tenacious,” said Penner. “You just have to have the mentality that the next shot is going in, that you’re due.”
From the Edmonton Sun,
Ducks owner Henry Samueli, his wife Susan, and general manager Brian Burke presented the ring to Penner after the game.
“I shook Burke’s hand, he said ‘Good luck’ and that was it,” Penner said. “I really didn’t know what to expect because it was a unique situation. But I’m done with this one and now I’m moving on to the next one.”
Continued...with more on a silent night between Burke and Lowe.
From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
The juicy subplot to Sunday’s game between the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers seemed certain to come to a head.
But there was no shouting match or chance public encounter between the Ducks’ Brian Burke and the Oilers’ Kevin Lowe, the teams’ bickering general managers who avoided each other even as the NHL dispatched extra security because of the tension between the two.
And the subject of the controversial offer sheet at the heart of that tension, Dustin Penner, did little in his first appearance at Honda Center since he skated around the ice with the Stanley Cup in June.
(*the NHL sent extra security for those guys?! Wow)
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Penner doesn’t have any illusion about the reception he’ll get from the Ducks’ crowd. It may be warm but it won’t be a hero’s welcome like former Oilers winger Ryan Smyth of the Colorado Avalanche received at Rexall Place on Tuesday.
“I won’t be getting a video tribute. I won’t be tearing up,” kidded Penner. “I do have some fond memories though. I’m excited to be going back. I made some friends there that I’ll have for life.”
more and Penner hopes to get his Stanley Cup ring too…
from the Edmonton Sun,
Physically Penner should be fine. It’s finding the chemistry with Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff on the first line which might take some time.
Hemsky and Horcoff know each other well. It’s a matter of Penner getting up to speed with them.
“It’s coming along,” Penner said. “I have to be a little more aware on the ice when I’m with him (Hemsky) because he can find you in the small seams. You have to be ready at all times with a guy like that because good things will happen.”
from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,
Penner will turn 25 next week and has only one full NHL season under his belt. Last season, he played on Anaheim’s No. 2 line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Now, he’s a first-liner in Edmonton.
“I’m working every day to jell with the guys and get some chemistry going,” the 245-pound Penner said. “I need to use my body more effectively and pick up my speed and quickness.
“I love being back in Canada. I already know I have great teammates after being here three weeks. You get support from the fans, the organization and the city. You can feel the intensity [in Edmonton] already.”