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Penner on not playing overseas: “the juice isn’t worth the squeeze”

Dec 16, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

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Dustin Penner discussed the hard work of negotiating a new CBA with Gann Matsuda of Frozen Royalty, but the fun stuff came when he explained why he’s not playing overseas.

Perhaps it makes sense that a man who allegedly hurt his back while eating pancakes essentially compared the rigors of foreign league hockey to squeezing orange juice.

“I have my own reasons,” Penner said. “I have no problem with people going over and playing [in Europe. But] you have to fly overseas, and depending on what league you’re in, they don’t have to pay you, even though they say they will. There’s a lot of things that happen that become frustrating, whether it’s trying to get your money, or some guys get injured, like [Kings defenseman] Alec Martinez. He got hit in the face with a slapshot. He’s got six broken bones, and three plates [in his face]. If you have a family, you have to move everyone out there, there’s insurance issues.”

“ … For me, to sum it up the best, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.”

At this point, Penner should only be allowed to compare his hockey life to breakfast foods.

Here’s one stab at a future analogy: scoring a hat trick is like eating a heaping plate of bacon.

Click here for some salty discussion of the lockout, particularly the latest legal squabbles.

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