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Kings’ cap situation makes Penner signing unlikely

Jul 11, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

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We’re nearly a week into the unrestricted free agent market and Dustin Penner is still available. He’s far removed from his days as a clear top-six forward, but Penner still had two goals and 14 points in 33 games last season while averaging just 12:42 minutes of ice time.

He saw his playing time increase during the Kings 2013 playoff run and of course he’s been with the team through one of their best stretches in the franchise’s history.

So does Kings GM Dean Lombardi have any interest in bringing Penner back? Maybe, but it’s not likely to happen.

“It’s one of those cap things,” Lombardi explained to LA Kings Insider, “and I guess it’s safe to say I have a limited amount of cap space left, and there certainly isn’t going to be enough to – I mean his requirements. I talked to him the other day, and I just told him. I talked to his agent a couple days ago and [said] ‘This is where we’re at. I’ve only got X amount left.'”

The Kings have a little over $5 million in cap space left, according to Cap Geek, but they still have to re-sign several restricted free agents, including defensemen Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin, as well as forwards Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan, and Trevor Lewis.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Trade clifford and nolan and sign Penner.

    • pirovash88 - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Why? Too scared they’re gonna knock out one of your guppies?

  2. thailer35 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    As much as I’m still not over the sting of game 5 of the 2012 WCF, I would be happy to see Penner in a ‘Yotes uniform next season. We could always use another big bodies forward.

  3. pirovash88 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    As a Kings fan, get rid of Penner, he’s done nothing for us in the regular season. He’s great when he decides to play, but it’s few and far between.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    It’s becoming increasingly clear that there is no WC team that was potentially a threat to the Hawks that is improving over last year. Hawks retained most everyone and the quality players in the pipeline will more than offset everyone they lost, with the exception of Emery.

  5. aldog83 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    let Penner go

    If we can get more contribution from the left wing

    (Penner)

    Perhaps the Kings won’t have to be a bottom four seed going into the playoffs

    We’re better off letting him go somewhere else and seeing if we can trade for him at the trade deadline for a low pick.

    Don’t pay a full season salary 2 hope he plays well in the playoffs

  6. Anoesis - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Lombardi is letting him down easy. The five RFAs are more important to retain.

  7. alswingman - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    That is unfortunate for Penner, who signed at least half his earnings (for life) away when he was duped into a gold digger marriage with no prenup. Poor Penner, the least brightest bulb on the tree. Maybe Johnny Quickie has a crash pad for him at his sprawling villa.

  8. kingsforever - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Sjsharks66 hahhahaha……no.

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