Actually, I have no problem asserting that Dustin Penner very much inflated Brule.
On the contrary i would say that after Hemsky went down the only reason Penner was putting up points was the fact he was playing on a line with Brule. Look at the breakdown of Penner's points and you will see exactly what i mean:
From Nov 23rd to Dec 19th Penner had 12 pts in 11 games with Brule on his line. Since Dec 19th Penner has only had 8 points in 21 games, without playing with Brule because of the flu and different line combos. You cannot tell me Brule's points were inflated because of Penner, because then you would have to consider that Penner's points may have been inflated because of playing with Hemmer and Brule.
ESPN acting like it has a valuable source. I might just be posting this for more thread entertainment.
The Pittsburgh Penguins might be close to trading for Ethan Moreau, according to Hendricks Hockey, but may be holding up the deal because they are still looking at Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Moreau has been on the block for a while, but TSN's Darren Dreger previously wrote that Moreau trade is unlikely unless Edmonton "sweetens the pot," meaning they add draft picks or prospect.
The Penguins, on the other hand, are looking for a forward and have been linked to Ponikarovsky, Paul Kariya, Keith Tkachuk and Ray Whitney, but they are right up against the cap so a deal may have to send back an NHL player.
If this rumor is true, the Pens may be sending an expiring contract to the Oilers for Moreau, who still has a year left on his deal at a $2 million cap hit.