LOS ANGELES- The Kings have acquired left winger Dustin Penner from the Oilers according to numerous reports out of Los Angeles and Edmonton.
According to TSN, the price for Penner was a 2011 first-round NHL Entry Draft selection, the former first-round pick Colten Teubert and a conditional 2012 draft selection currently slated as a third-rounder.
The pick could become a second-round 2012 selection depending upon the Kings’ performance in this year’s playoffs. Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Kings’ winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 would trigger the contingency to kick the draft pick up a round.
Penner is a massive, bruising power forward with respectable hands. At 6’4″, 245 pounds, Penner offers a big body to grind teams down at even strength and frustrate opposing penalty killers with the man advantage. He has notched 21 goals and 18 assists, including six power-play goals for the young, bottom-dwelling Oilers this season. Last year he posted career highs in goals, assists and points with respective totals of 32, 31 and 63.
The 28-year-old Penner will return to Southern California. He contributed 29 goals and 16 assists for the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in 2006-2007 before he was signed as a restricted free agent by Edmonton. He has this year as well as next season remaining on what was a five-year contract worth over $21 million. His cap hit is $4.25 million, three quarters of a million dollars more than the outgoing Marco Sturm, whose truncated stint with the Kings was officially ended when the Washington Capitals claimed him off waivers Saturday.
The Kings also released a statement this morning that they have agreed to terms with the unrestricted free agent t0 be Justin Williams on a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed but the deal is widely being reported as a four-year, $14.6 million extension that will retain the skillful right winger Williams’ services through the 2014-2015 season.
This modest raise for Williams–whose cap hit was about $3.5 million this year–comes as the forward has been a healthy, productive addition to the L.A. lineup after suffering a badly broken leg last year 22 games into a promising campaign. So far this season, Williams has been determined to show that his spotty injury history was nothing more than bad luck and that he can reutnr to the form he showed as a two-time 30-goal scorer and Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes.
More from general manger Dean Lombardi and assistant general manger Ron Hextall will be available later today along with comments from Williams and Penner.