Sens should put Penner to paper

Much criticism and many jokes have been made about Dustin “Pancake” Penner, but it wouldn’t come as a shock if Senators GM Bryan Murray shows interest in the 6-foot-4, 240-pound (on a good day) Los Angeles winger when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The two have a history, and Penner is proving in these playoffs that he still has some game. The native of Winkler, Man. has two goals and five assists in nine post-season games, helping the Kings earn the first berth in the final four.

One would assume the 29-year-old King will be lucky to receive offers of even half the $4.25 million he has made in each of the last five seasons. More likely, he’ll have to settle for something in the $1.5 million range. If that’s the case then yes, the Senators should consider making him a pitch.

Penner, who had just seven goals and 10 assists in 65 games during the regular season, has never been worth his current salary. He did show plenty of promise when he scored 29 goals for the Cup winning Anaheim Ducks in the 2006-07 season Senators fans remember well. In the playoffs, though, he didn’t exactly rise to the occasions, scoring just three times and adding five assists in 23 games.

That was back in a day when fewer people could accuse NHL owners of collusion. Then-Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe liked Penner’s potential so much he drew up an offer sheet worth $21.25 million, over a half decade, for the restricted free agent.

17 Responses to Sens should put Penner to paper

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    For his size and occasional flashes of skill i doubt he'll be making at little as 1.5 per. Maybe on a one year with plenty of bonuses, but even then..

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah at $1.5M there will be at least 5 teams offering to sign him which means his price will go up. I'd say $2.0M to $2.5M for 2-3 years is a decent number for Penner.

  3. reinjosh says:

    Not to mention a pretty successful playoff run. Someone will pay

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    Well, Flyers scored first, guess the series is over.

  5. JoelLeafs says:

    and just like that it's 2-1 NJD

  6. 93killer93 says:

    I hope this run doesn't convince Parise to stay in Jersey.  

  7. frankinboltonleafs says:

    It's a damn shame…a Philly/LA final could've ranked as one of the best NHL finals in years.

  8. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    I guess if you're the Devils this is the year you give up that pick you have to surrender for the Cap Cir*****vention? It's a bottom 4 pick now so I think it'd be hard to say I'll try again next year and see what happens.

  9. frankinboltonleafs says:

    I'd say that's a given. As an aside I'm scoping a lazy boy chair with special head rest to keep your head up for what appears to be an impending Devils/Rangers conference final. 

  10. JoelLeafs says:

    If they win you have to think a certain Hall-of-Famer might not be returning for another season… That could suck for the devils.

  11. JoelLeafs says:

    heh. Watching the game last night on NBC was funny. Idiot 1 is asked by McGuire if Pluto is still a planet, to which he incorrectly states that it is. He goes on further to claim that mike Smith is probably the best goalie left, Quick being second. lol. Overall Lunqvist is best followed by Quick. Playoff wise, I'd say Quick then Holtby (this year, I mean). Silly Amuricans.

  12. thisgamewelose says:

    I don't think Holtby has been tested that much. He had a lot of work in the last game, but other than that, they've made it too easy for him. 

  13. reinjosh says:

    I'd have to think yes. What are the chances they go this far again? I can't imagine very good. They only have two more chances after this so I would think they have to do it now. What happens if they lose Brodeur is two seasons and fail miserably, only to have to give up that pick? It has to be now. They need to risk possibly losing both their first and Parise.

  14. JoelLeafs says:

    Seems like a non-issue to me. Unless they have some specific target for the end of the 1st round that they think will be an huge asset that somehow other teams don't know about they can't honestly expect to finish better than this in the next two years (not saying it won't happen, but the odds are so high that any GM would be stupid to rely on on finishing higher).

    *****, next two years? If they win the cup I could see Marty hanging up the skates after this season. Why keep going if your 40, have an amazing hall of fame career, winning pretty much every accolade in pro hockey, and capped it all off with a 4th cup ring. In the end I get the feeling he'll be back for at least one more regardless of the outcome of the playoffs, guess I'm just saying, *****, what a career…

  15. Steven_Leafs says:

    although if they win, I don't think they will care.

    Win the cup and then roll the dice on a UFA like Harding or Biron… worth it. lol.

  16. reinjosh says:

    Will winning be the way to end it or does it stir a new competitiveness in him, and a drive to try and win it one more time?

  17. JoelLeafs says:

    Perhaps, but if he wins this year (or not I suppose) I doubt they can repeat in the next two years, and I don't think anyone ('cept maybe Marty himself) think he'll play past 43. I'm sure he's got another season in him (at least), but why not end it on the highest possible note? He also runs the risk of getting injured and losing a season or simply falling off and not being able to compete (see: Rolson). 40 seems like a respectable age to retire.

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