Second Time Around With Anaheim Ducks For Dustin Penner
It looks like unrestricted free agent Dustin Penner will be with the Anaheim Ducks next season as he has just agreed to a one-year deal that is worth $2 million. He will be returning to Anaheim for the second time in his career after previously playing for them from 2005-2007.
The switch will not be too much of a travel change for him to make since he has spent the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. During his time with the Kings this season, the winger did not have a great year with only having 14 points during the regular season and a handful of goals. However, he helped his team in the playoffs with three goals before the team lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in their Stanley Cup run. Although his production has dropped, he remains a solid player that may have a bit still left in the tank and has a Stanley Cup on his resume as a member of the Kings in 2012.
As much as the Kings may have liked, they were unable to keep Penner due to salary cap restrictions. Other priority signings unfortunately forced Penner to look for a new place to play next season. His former team, the Edmonton Oilers, were heavily linked given their busy offseason, but the Ducks ended up on top to get their man.
With Penner, the Ducks can expect some decent production and the physical play that he brings to the table. Meanwhile, it is unclear now how this signing will affect Teemu Selanne, who has not re-signed with the Ducks.