The more and more I think about this the more I like it from LA's point of view. Namely because of the extra year on Penner's contract. I question whether the Kings would stick with him long term because I have never thought he was a "DL type of player". However, they at least get to try him out for the rest of the season and see what he can do for the Kings in the postseason (crossing fingers they make it). I think the biggest deterrent from trading for the big name winger in the offseason has been the prospect of giving up a good young player (a la simmonds, bernier, etc). With another year left on his contract, I doubt the Kings or Kings fans would lose sleep over trading Penner in a package.
His skating sure is underrated. Watching that highlight reel, there were many instances where Penner uses his strong skating to break past a defender. He looks like a more skilled and physical version of Frolov.
I still don't understand why every trade has to have a clear "winner"? Could this trade be overpayment? Maybe, maybe not. The Kings got the best current player and some will say they "win" the trade.
Why can't this just be a solid hockey deal? Both teams addressed a major need, the Kings needed a top LW and didn't want to lose a roster player. The Oilers needed a tough defenseman to replace Greene and some draft picks.
I'm very happy with today's events, top line LW and Williams extended. Teubert has been passed on the depth charts for LA and Dean has been solid with his lower round picks in the past to make a 1st expendable. The 3rd round pick was probably a little too much to add, but not a huge loss for the Kings.
Solid trade for both sides.
This is an interesting and fair point that I think is often overlooked.
The old adage that the team who ended up with the best player always wins the deal sort of sets the stage for the line of thinking that says someone must win.
But if the Oilers are happy with Tuebert and his long development path (though I still say he will end up being a second pairing guy) and the picks and we are happy with Penner then why does there have to be a clear cut winner?
YES! The Oiler I wanted all along! Dean literally got this guy for FREE. A mid level prospect that we don't need and an in-the-20s first rounder that we need even less! THIS IS A STEAL...Dean actually got the job done!
And I say "don't need" as in we are trying to win now, btw...
I think it's a pretty good deal for the Oilers. I mean you get a top-end offensive prospect, a first rounder in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.
top offensive prospect? Colten Teubert was one of our worst defensive prospects in our organization. He played in the ECHL 2 years in a row after his WHL season was done. He's a healthy scratch with Manchester from time to time this year, pretty bad for a 13th pick overall
Great deal for you guys (probably for us too). DP is a great player and a great teammate. This was all about having to sign him, Hemsky, and the kids all at the same time. Check out Oil change (I think it is episode 2 or 3) on Edmontonoilers.com and see him trash talking Perry and Getzlaf...hilarous! Good luck Pens.
Penner isn't a game breaker but he makes us much better than we were yesterday and a hard team to play against. We lost nothing of significance to pick him up which is a awesome and we get him for another year.
This year's draft is meh.