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Penner pokes fun at Thomas ahead of Kings’ White House visit

Mar 26, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

In a not-so-subtle jab at former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, Kings forward Dustin Penner had some fun on Twitter this morning prior to his Stanley Cup-winning team’s visit to the White House later today

As for today’s activities, the Kings, along with the MLS champion Galaxy, will first be honored by President Barack Obama. The players will then move to the South Lawn, where they’ll partake in an exercise clinic for kids — all part of first lady Michelle Obama’s effort to reduce childhood obesity.

Oh, and there might actually be some politics discussed, as Kings coach Darryl Sutter has indicated he’d like to voice his support for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project.

“I’m gonna ask him about it – damn rights I am,” Sutter told the Globe and Mail.

“It’s 20 feet underground. How can we not want to keep North America [energy self-sufficient]? Why does the border have to separate that? It doesn’t make sense. For sure, I’m going to ask him.”

  1. bcisleman - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Maybe Penner’s comments rile Tim enough that he wants to play…no probably not…but I can hope.

    • cba77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      would be even funnier coming from a player that was relavant

      • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        how much more relevant can you be than being one of the last guys to lift the cup on the ice?

      • gkg2013 - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Would be even funnier from a fan who could spell–>”relevant”.
        GO Kings GO!

  2. bigtganks - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    “damn rights” or “damn right”? Did Sutter really say that or is that a typo?

    • soro17 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      He said damn rights for sure. It is classic Canadian prairie speak. For a complete immersion in the dialect, watch the movie FUBAR, a modern day classic.

      • kitshky - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I’m actually kinda surprised he didn’t say “damn’s right’s” …

        (that was for you pops… ha)

  3. mathieug79 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    ohhh man this tweet and the LA Kings twitter feed just keeps cracking me up! hahaha

  4. rushledger - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Good for Sutter for asking I mean why not? You get a chance to directly ask the president something why not do it. Penner is pretty funny you gotta appreciate that.

  5. gallyhatch - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    This is news? Slow day, huh Jason?

    That’s some real hard hitting reporting there. Good job you hack.

    • govtminion - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      And here you are reading it and taking time to comment. What does that say?

    • Jason Brough - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Yes, this is news.
      No, it’s not a particularly slow news day.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      “unless it’s got a fight video in it, I don’t care.”

      • gallyhatch - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Omg this made me lol!

        Good post, seriously.

  6. nunan - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    TT is/was a beast. Respect his game a lot…this is funny though.

  7. kitshky - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    What a joke!!

    I come to this site for up to the date hard-hitting news, not interesting / amusing commentary on the goings on in hockey!!

    That’s it, this is finally too much (over the line damnit!) …I’m cancelling my subscription.

  8. freneticgarfieldfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Hey Penner, there come free fries with the Big Mac at MD’s downtown LA! Free food? I’m in!

  9. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    20feet underground and cuts right through the main freshwater supply for most of North America… but yeah why not spend money extracting oil from tar sand instead of actually finding a way to become “energy self-sufficient”.

  10. bruinsfan19 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Maybe penner should do something productive for a team instead of scoring one big goal. Thomas put the Bruins on his back so… Oh well

    • fpstratton - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      No argument that Tim Thomas was a fantastic goalie for the Bruins. It’s really a shame that he’s not there anymore.

  11. georgejarkko - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Sutter should read this:

  12. jakreidler - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I hope Dustin Penner and everyone else who trashes Tim Thomas realize that “political reasons” are the only reasons that the cup champs’ White House visit even happens.

    Tim Thomas made one statement of a few sentences and chose not to talk about it after that. Compare that to every other player that’s run their mouth and thrown him under the bus. Which is worse?

    • no - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      still Tim Thomas

  13. thehighcountrybear - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM


    Classic Canadian prairie speak…? FUBAR provides complete immersion in the dialect…?

    Can you spell FANTASY…?

    Born and raised in Calgary where much of FUBAR was filmed I’m left to ask, how does a movie director from London Ontario suddenly gain insight into what constitutes prairie dialect if in fact that’s what he was trying to achieve?

    Rather than sitting on the prairies, Calgary lies in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and is so new and growing so fast, it could hardly have a dialect not representative of people who come from all over Canada, the US and the rest of the world. Calgary itself cannot be representative of prairie people and their would-be dialect for those very reasons. Prairie people I know would bridle at the very suggestion, not the least of those being people from Viking Alberta…

    In my experience and given the size of the prairies, its dialects vary from town to town and region to region, even as nationalities of immigrant peoples homesteading the prairies varied. While Brent Butt, creator and director of Corner Gas managed to get near what might constitute a general deadpan and wry prairie humour in the work, his actors failed to grasp nuance of the many dialects born of generations of bad crops, lousy weather and suspicion of anything east of Manitoba or west of the Rockies.

    It would be like me attempting to adopt a Tennesseean drawl while bringing the attendant humour and wit inherent in the language along for the ride [ type of thing maaght git a person called yankaah queeah ]?

    Michael Dowse, director of FUBAR, chose to play-off the standard eastern stereotype of westerners. His miss on the nature of prairie humour and dialect is in proportion to his choice of inane subject matter, pandering as it does to juvenile sensibilities seeing value in the daily struggles of greasy head-bangers arriving in the big city?

    Trust me, a bunch of head bangers modelled after what I perceive to be our equally biased stereotype of Ontario white trash that came west looking to cash-in on Alberta’s continuing oil and gas boom are not representative of prairie people in any way shape or form –they do however come across as the bums and creeps described by Premier Ralph Klein in refuting westward migration of Ontario’s dispossessed in the eighties .

    In any movie, language and dialect are contrived through need to build and rationalize fictional characters in that movie. The fictional characters in FUBAR would be be run out of any prairie town in five minutes with unhappy results beforehand. While FUBAR has merit as an experimental cinematic piece, I’d avoid tying its content or message to life here in the real world…

    • bakedbees - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      really biff loozeh

    • soro17 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Well, I have (or had) family in High River, Taber, Claresholm, Sherwood Park, Wostok, Lamont, Smoky Lake and Mundare, which represents a nice sample of rural Alberta and they all pretty much sound like Darrell and the guys from FUBAR. Sorry you are stuck in the armpit that is Calgary, it sounds like you should get out to the countryside and relax.

  14. capsfan19 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Hell yea coach! That’s what im talkin about

  15. bucrightoff - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Energy self-sufficient is pretty hilarious when all the oil from the pipeline is going right to China, but you try and sell it Darryl.

  16. fpstratton - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    It’s o.k. for anyone to express their political opinion. As far as relevancy, I think Dustin Penner was pretty relevant in the finals last year and was a key cog in the machine that gave L.A. its first Stanley Cup.

  17. sjsblitz - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Goes to White House, to afraid to step into an IHOP

  18. luvusa1 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    @scarespittchamberofcommerce: Brillant..until the “sustainable energy” is perfected and a viable alternative we should just snub our noses at current resources available to get away from Mideast dependency? Geez, you libs crack me up…no damn solution just generalizations. How’d that Solyundra thing workout..oh, that’s right…BANKRUPT… Costing taxpayers half a bilion dollars!

    • kitshky - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      You make a solid point about not dismissing current “local” sources of energy, but to characterize someone/anyone interested in alternative fuel options as just another “lib” and then claim that all ‘”libs” don’t offer solutions just generalizations, …all the while characterizing the efforts towards sustainable energy within the parameters of one investment that went sour and completely ignoring the many successes (both short and long term) of the green stimulus within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act … is just a liiill bit hypocritical.

  19. csilojohnson - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Keep your garbage crude in Canada. Please educate yourself Suter.
    The majority if not all of that will shipped elsewhere. We do not have enough refineries to handle what we already take in. The only people who gain here are the oil company and politicians. “Its only a pipe 20′ underground” How do your think they get that pipe to Texas? Abra cadabra? They steal peoples land, compromise thier water supply and call it for the good of the American people. BS

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