According to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Penner agreed that “cold” is a good description for the trade, describing it as “an “eye-opener for a lot of guys and the fans.” He added: “They look for reasons in some cases for a guy to provide loyalty. It’s obviously not reciprocated.”
Penner scored scored 13 goals and added 19 assists for the Ducks while playing alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, and said while there are “many ways” to look at the move, he’s trying to see it as one wherein he was being embraced by a new team rather than slighted by the old.
“It’s the same cliche,” Penner said. “I have a lot of friends on that team, won a Cup here [in 2007], blah, blah, blah.… [Being traded] is part of the job, a tough underbelly most don’t see.”
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau acknowledged several Ducks were surprised by the news, adding Penner was “well liked” while offering this assessment of his play: “When he’s moving his legs, he’s real good. … There were times when he was standing around.”
Penner has registered one assist in seven games with the Capitals, and said Tuesday’s game will be “a big step” in the transition to Washington, temporary as it may be considering his status as an impending unrestricted free agent. As such, he’ll no doubt be hoping to net his first goal with his new team on the ice at the Honda Center.
REALLY? You show up so fat and out of shape you get your 2 plus million a year and are healthy scratched for the opener? You float around all season cherry picking. Then you “expose the dark underbelly” of the game and “open the fans eyes” when they see that even the great Dustin Penner can be traded? EVERY COACH you have ever had has healthy scratched you repeatedly, and WORSE, they’ve gone public with the reason – you are too lazy.
Shut the fuck up.