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Hextall nixes rumors of Penner attending Flyers camp

Aug 27, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

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Having gone the entire summer without a contract, UFA forward Dustin Penner will probably have to accept a training camp invite this fall in order to continue his NHL career.

One team that doesn’t sound interested in extending said invite? Philadelphia.

From the Courier-Post:

Despite rumors, it looks like the Flyers will not be offering training camp tryouts to free agent forwards Dustin Penner and Ryan Malone. The latter reportedly pleaded no contest last week on a DUI charge and agreed to a “pretrial diversion program” on charges of cocaine possession earlier this summer. It would be rather shocking to see any NHL club take a flier on him.

When Hextall was told about the Penner rumor specifically he said, “I haven’t heard that.”

Penner, 31, split last season between Anaheim and Washington with mixed results. He had some good stretches with the Ducks — including one where he netted 19 points in 18 games — but faded as the trade deadline approached, and failed to do much after his arrival in Washington. Penner had just one goal and three points in 18 games with the Caps, and was allowed to walk in free agency.

Two-time Stanley Cup winner and four-time 20-goal scorer, Penner has the resume to potentially land a gig this fall… but his issues with weight and conditioning are well-documented, and could prevent him from catching on for a 10th NHL campaign.

  1. bsaures - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I wouldn’t mind penner coming to habs camp in case sekac isnt ready wouldn’t be the worst plan b

  2. thailer35 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    I would like to see him invited to camp in Arizona.

  3. jerseyinvt - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing NJ invite him to camp, either..

    • i1theinternet - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      You already invited Gomez and Kaberle. How many reclamation projects do you need?

      • bsaures - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        Well at 31 he would be one of youngest on the team

  4. pr0jecktpat - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Hope he ends up somewhere. It was a shame the Caps put him on the fourth line, and really limited his playing time.

  5. georgejarkko - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Winnipeg doesn’t seem too unlikely to kick his tires either.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Even if he’s a flawed player there are worse options out there. Plant him in front of the net on the PP and he’ll chip in some offense.

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