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Let’s fire up the “Dustin Penner to Ottawa” rumors

May 8, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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From Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun:

Much criticism and many jokes have been made about Dustin “Pancake” Penner, but it wouldn’t come as a shock if Senators GM Bryan Murray shows interest in the 6-foot-4, 240-pound (on a good day) Los Angeles winger when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The two have a history, and Penner is proving in these playoffs that he still has some game. The native of Winkler, Man. has two goals and five assists in nine post-season games, helping the Kings earn the first berth in the final four.

Some key points of the Penner-Sens correlation:

— After going undrafted out of the University of Maine, Penner was inked to a free agent contract in 2004 by Anaheim’s GM…Bryan Murray.

— In 2006-07, Penner scored 29 goals for Anaheim and eight points in 21 playoff games. The Ducks won the Cup that year by defeating the Senators, who were coached by…Bryan Murray.

— “Don’t forget that in 2009, Murray had Penner included in a package he was getting for Dany Heatley,” Brennan writes. “Before the latter exorcised a clause in his contract and nixed the deal.”

— Ottawa could use some size up front. The closest they’ve got to Penner’s 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame is Milan Michalek (6-2, 225) and Jason Spezza (6-3, 216).

— Penner’s in the final year of a deal that pays $4.5 million annually and will almost certainly be taking a haircut as a UFA. The Sens could have as much as $37 million in available cap space.

Feel free to speculate and/or make IHOP jokes in the comments section.

  1. mianfr - May 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I don’t see the Senators play much, but after seeing them in the series against the Rangers, I think this is a terrible move.

    The Senators are not in need of a change in philosophy. At all. They just need to let their young stars develop. Bringing in someone like Penner who really isn’t going to be even marginally “flashy” seems to conflict with that, and he just seems like he’d be a square peg in a round hole.

    He’d be a much better fit with, say, Nashville.

    • hawksandsawx - May 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      best fit? the hawks. Grit, size, playoff experience. Put him with toews and kaner for some muscle and maybe spark up some big buff magic

      • mianfr - May 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        Yeah, Chicago definitely works too. He would fill the Byfuglien void.

        You figure goalie is Chicago’s top priority, but afterward he’d make some sense, especially if he goes cheaply in free agency.

  2. ray2013 - May 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Anyone who’s watched Penner has first been impressed with his size and skills, then completely frustrated with his effort level. What was it, less than a month before the playoffs and he was a healthy scratch? Being called an absolute bust for the Kings? Then Penner gives just enough effort to make you think that he cares. And even though he dogged it the entire season, with just enough effort in the playoffs someone will be suckered into giving him a big contract in free agency. The Senators are foolish to think this is anything but a late attempt to secure a juicy new contract, after which he will go back to sleep.

  3. blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    *** just yesterday at an IHOP somewhere in New York ***

    Halford: hey buddy, I want some flapjacks, real “quick like” !

    server (Blomfeld): yes sir … would you like some coffee too ?

    Halford: no ! … just get me my God damn flapjacks !

    server (Blomfeld): yes sir … I’ll get those for you immediately …

    Halford: say buddy, did ya hear that the Kings might trade Penner to the Sens ?

    server (Blomfeld): Guards ! … if you please …

    Halford: hey man, what’s going on here ? … like take it easy man !

    Guards: sorry there journalist man, but this “feels so pure” ! … KAPOW ! … KABOOM ! … KAZAAM !

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