Dustin Penner and the Maple Leafs trade rumour of the day

If Brian Burke is looking at a rental player to give the Maple Leafs an edge in their stretch drive, the club could take a chance with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner.

At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Penner is one of those big-body forwards that Burke covets and knows well from his days in Anaheim.

Moreover, a change of scenery might also ignite the 29-year-old Winkler, Man., native, who has struggled since the Kings acquired him a year ago in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

At the time, the trade was considered one of the big plays of the trade deadline.


Penner is in the final year of that contract and will earn $4.25 million this season. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, so the Leafs don’t need to worry about him past that date if they have no interest in resigning him.

If the Kings need to dump his salary to facilitate other trades, then the Leafs may not have to give up one of their young prospects, just salary cap space. Taking a flyer on the winger isn’t much of a gamble and his size could produce some dividends in a


85 Responses to Dustin Penner and the Maple Leafs trade rumour of the day

  1. blaze says:

    They did wait to see who emerged as the leader, it was Phaneuf. Phaneuf played half a season and quickly became the leader of the group. By the middle of the off-season he was named Captain.

    Really I don't see how people criticize this. What should they have done? It had already been much more than a year, no one suitable to wear the C had emerged. Imagine if Kaberle has been given the C as most armchair GMs speculated.

    Wait another year for what? To give Grabovski the C?

  2. blaze says:

    WOW I hope that's sarcasm.

  3. blaze says:

    Honestly I can see why everyone wants some size but I feel incredibly confident that Penner will be a bad acquisiton for Toronto. Leaf fans will turn on this guy quickly.

  4. blaze says:

    Agree Detroit's scouting gets way too much credit, and in large part thanks to Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

    Their development on the other hand is very enviable.

  5. blaze says:

    As for the amnesty clause I think many teams would love to see the offer, Habs fans most of all. I'm all for it I'm not a big fan of seeing NHL caliber players in the minors.

    The Leafs could use it on Komisarek. Really that's about it and it's not even a necessity only if they plan on acquiring a big salary.

  6. thisgamewelose says:


  7. mapleleafsfan says:

    Haven't really heard anything about it but if it means the leafs can buy out contracts without it hitting the cap I'm all for it. Are there any stipulations on it? Can we take players as cap dumps and immediately buy them out? That would be huge. Trades like the lombardi trade could happen regularly. Also makes FA signings less stressful because if you overpay, just buy them out. Waste of money, sure, but at least we're the team with the most money to waste. 

  8. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I would save it…Never know when it could be used.

    I just think of Wade Redden, I think many teams would like him, but unfortunately due to his contract…He is stuck in the minors. Atleast he will be able to playa again.

  9. blaze says:

    I think realistically the odds are just far too stacked against Montreal to grab the 8th spot. As much as I truly hate Montreal, they're are a lot of good pieces there. I feel very confident when I say that last game if Toronto had Price and Montreal has Reimer that game would've went the other way.

    Give up on one year find a way to move or bury or injure Gomez. Grab a high end prospect and make a move for Carter in the off-season. He shouldn't be as expensive as some posters think and I agree he would be a good fit in Montreal. Going from Columbus to a hockey mad market again might do him a world of good.

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I meant 30…WOOPS.

  11. JoelLeafs says:

    An "amnsety" or buy-out clause as you describe it would discriminate against many of the smaller market teams. Yeah, MTL could take a financial hit of a contract like Gomez's but a smaller market could not. It would create an unfair advantage to rich markets and potentially lead to more cap-cir*****venting-contracts and organizations disregarding money and simply plan on buying out.

    Interestingly, could a team buy-out a player, then resign them? Like pay Gomez his millions, then sign him for 1.5? This would clearly also be seen as cap cir*****navigation, but you never know, right?
  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    What about a guy like Wade Redden? Whose gettig punished in the minors for a bad contract. Not really fair to him…That's where I see it as an advantage.


  13. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    he's not getting punished when he's making milions buddy

  14. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    screw the smaller markets dude, nhl already has a salary cap to please them, that's more than enough

  15. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    habs are a f*cking joke buddy

  16. reinjosh says:

    Dustin Penner…

    And it's an interesting idea. I have a feeling that like Joel said, smaller market teams will be against it. It's a clear benefit to big market teams. Even if it's a one time event. It gives them latitude to make a stupid deal and get out from it.
    They did have one in the last CBA, but it was a one time event right after it was ratified. 
  17. TheLeafNation91 says:

    What I mean is…He is good enough to play in the NHL, his demotion was not because of that. I bet you he would take a buyout and  a new contract if it meant playing in the NHL again…Because everyone wants to win a cup.

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Meant to say 30…Which might be hard to find.

  19. reinjosh says:

    Probably pretty hard to find. 

  20. JoelLeafs says:

    Well, some will argue that it's the player's fault for accepting a contract, but realistically, who would have turned down more money? 

    I agree that this is an exception in which a player that potentially could be playing in the NHL is getting kinda screwed. However, I see the proposed rule change being more likely being abused than used for good. There are simply too many situations in which I can imagine teams cir*****venting the cap restrictions and causing more trouble in the future. 
    Unfortunately in a cap world casualties like Redden will occur. I think having the threat of a similar thing happening acts as a check to keep front offices in-line and prevent too many insane DiPietro (to name one – of the first) like signings. Hell, I wish the league for mandate that contracts can only be so long (or perhaps a set total amount). If players could only sign for, say, five or less years, or perhaps no more than 50 mill cap hit over whatever time period I think we'd see more players in 'contract' years and less laziness in the league. I get that teams want to lock up their talent and not lose them to free agency, but why not make it more desirable for them to stay and thrive in the city they're already in?
  21. leafmeister says:

    Careful man, Lafleur has this awesome debating technique where he just 'ends the story'. He types, in caps lock, (obviously), "END OF STORY" and boom. He wins the argument. 

    Lets see if he busts it out.
  22. reinjosh says:

    With an average of one player an year. Depending on how you measure development, it's not exactly sparkling either. 

    Detroit gets a lot of undeserved credit. They deserve it for getting Zetterberg and Datsyuk but they get it so much you would think they find a gem in every late round. People need to reign in their praise for them.
    The real gem of drafting in Nashville…
  23. thisgamewelose says:

    Yeah, he was still solid enough for a 3rd pairing D-man.  Most Ranger fans crapped all over him because of his contract. I don't blame them, but unfortunately no team wants to pay that much for a bottom D-man.

  24. glotz_99 says:

    toronto77 mentioned a Lombardi for Penner swap, well how about a Connoly for Penner swap, I would make that trade just to free up some cap space to get a 1st line center in the offseason. Parise?  If you want to keep Lombardi on the wing you could always bring up Kadri or Colborne and have the 3rd line look like Lombardi, Kadri/Colborne, Penner, I'de say thats an improvement.  

  25. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Didn't Gary Leeman go from 50 goals to almost nothing? Can't remember if he was hurt though.

  26. TimTheBone says:

    no … i just feel like phaneuf wasnt fully deserving of the "C"…. he more or less was the default choice because of lack of other more obvious choices

  27. TimTheBone says:

    i dont see how the odds a "fa" too stacked to grab eighth….. we are only 7 points behind (4 wins) the leafs and 8th spot with just under 30 games remaining… and with the habs surging and being one of the hottest teams in the league as of late, its certainly not out of the realm of very possible,…. Montreal does indeed have alot of good solid pieces and I believe they are only one big piece away from really being a contender (on paper)… translating to the ice is a whole other story… I truely believe that Carter would be a great fit here…. and giving Kostitsyn in the trade along with a decent d-man prospect like weber who needs a scenery change i think to reach his potential… it works perfect.. we only take on about 1.5 in cap with that trade…. Carter can either fill that #1 center spot … or (which i think he'd be better suited for) he can slide into a wing position next to Plekanec and bourque… Quite a solid Scoring line if i do say so….

  28. TimTheBone says:

    Completely agree Joel…. As a habs fan yeah sure i would love to get Gomez's contract off the books but I don't like the thought of that rule… It will never be accpeted first of all… and for the very reason that it essentially eliminates the cap….. why have a Salary cap if you can avoid cap restriction issues by just buying a contract out…

    You'd see many GMs and owners loosening their wallets and offering huge ridiculous contracts like the gomez, redden, dipietro, kovalchuk…. and even worse…. with no fear of being "stuck" under a contract, no GM will care what the players get paid… the best players will just go to the highest bidder…. and when large contracts handcuff poorer teams, the New Yorks, and the Torontos, and Montreals of the league will take advantage by using the contracts and fleecing poor teams in one-sided trades and just buy out the bad contract.. gone and forgotten..

    Bad idea in and out

  29. LeafsFTW17 says:

    First of all, that isn't an improvement.  Connolly brings more than Penner. 

    Secondly, Parise is a winger, not a center. 

  30. toronto77 says:

    I do agree Lupul may not be vocal enough to be a captain, but on a very unconsistent team he is one of the most consistent players and is great at boths ends of the rink. I think his work ethic on the ice would display a good captain, however he is pretty quiet. In the back of my mind I think I am disappointed that Phaneuf is not and probably will not be the same d-man he was in his rookie  season. At this point I don't even care if he brings back all the offense, just bring back all that aggressive anger or tenacity, and those big time hits, and just try and get this thing going.

  31. toronto77 says:

    I'd do that.

  32. toronto77 says:

    I would have made that offer but Connolly makes more than Penner so it doesn't help LA for a salary dump trade. Lombardi makes slightly a mil less then penner, so it might help them a bit more.

  33. glotz_99 says:

    Connolly hasnt scored a goal in 17 games, he is inconsistent as hell (as he was on Buffalo). That combined with the fact he is signed for another year at 4.75 million, Burke should dump him on another team the first chance he gets. It's an improvement in that we wouldn't have either of them by the summer and could use the cash to sign a better player. 

    Ya you are right about Parise, hes a left winger.      

  34. NonLeafFansAreGay says:
    Wilson is an idiot.

    Instead of shuffling the lines he should be devising a way this team can break the trap. They were incapable of mounting any offense against it against the Jets and the Habs. When Philly finally clued in and started playing it in the late 2nd early 3rd of the game last week the Leafs were also powerless to do anything about it.

    The book on the Leafs is out. Crowd the defense or the forwards in the defensive zone and make them make a, usually poor, pass out of their zone. If you can't do that back off to mid way between your blue and the red line and keep them to the sidewalls. Once they cross the blue line do not give them more than a few feet of skating room. They are either too small, too scared or both to take the puck to the net right now.

    If I'm Sutter and Renney I'm having my team watch the tapes from the Jets and Habs game, you need very little talent to shut the Leafs down right now, you just need to play the proper system.

  35. Steven_Leafs says:

    so would I but Burke wouldn't. In his mind (and many others) it was a 5th overall pick for a 7th overall pick, Komisarek, 2nd. If Schenn was obviously the better player and will develop into the better player then it is no problem. The thing is Kadri could very easily end up being the better hockey player.

    I'd still do it. lol.

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