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Ducks coach describes Penner’s camp as ‘mediocre’

Sep 23, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

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Fair or not, when people see a guy as big and talented as Dustin Penner go through long dry spells, they wonder if the effort’s there.

Whatever the reasoning may be, Anaheim Ducks head coach hasn’t been impressed with the 30-year-old’s play, calling his training camp work “mediocre” according to the OC Register’s Eric Stephens.

Penner, 30, seemed to shrug off a recent loss to some extent for it just being the preseason, so maybe he’s just showing an Allen Iverson-level disinterest in practice.

On the other hand, Penner might just be a hot-and-cold kind of guy. He found himself a healthy scratch at times during the 2013 season with the Los Angeles Kings, yet he also helped that team win a Stanley Cup in 2012 and has four 20+ goal seasons to his name.

For what it’s worth, some onlookers believed the Ducks got a bargain in Penner.

It’s a real shame, too, because it was fun to imagine the the ice cream-loving coach and pancake-munching player enjoying snacks together. Maybe a banana split? Oh well, it’s a long season still.

  1. bauxjangles - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    It sounds bad, but mediocre is actually a step up for Penner

    • jernster21 - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      Yet he still has two more Stanley Cups than most players ever have…not too bad for a pancake loving fellow who only seems to show up in the playoffs, eh?

  2. jb8588 - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I remember watching him a bit during his first couple years in the league, and man was he dominant out there some games with just his size alone. Though his skill level wasn’t to the same caliber, his size dominance out there reminded me of how guys like Lemieux & Lindros would dominate. Seems like at some point he thought he could ride on talent alone and has stopped putting in the same effort that made him at budding star at one point.

  3. bc - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Coach Boudreau is a master motivator. he knows when the to use the carrot and when to use the stick. Pancake is one of those of guys who occasionally needs a wake up call. Let’s wait and see how Penner reacts when he’s moved off the top line.

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