Washington has acquired veteran left wing Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft, the same fourth-rounder that Anaheim sent to Washington last September in exchange for center Mathieu Perreault.
Like Caps forward Eric Fehr, Penner is a native of Winkler, Man. The 31-year-old Penner stands 6-foot-4 and tips the scales at 242 pounds. In addition to two stints with Anaheim, Penner has also toiled for Edmonton and Los Angeles during a nine-year NHL career.
Penner has 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 49 games with the Ducks this season. He should be able to occupy a spot on the left side of one of Washington’s top two lines for the remainder of the season. Penner’s 2013-14 salary cap hit is $2 million even, and his contract expires on July 1 at which point he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
During his NHL career, Penner has totaled 150 goals and 307 points in 571 games. He played on Stanley Cup winning teams in Anaheim in 2007 and in Los Angeles in 2012. Penner has totaled 13 goals and 35 points in 78 career Stanley Cup playoff contests.
It is expected that he will join the Capitals in Philadelphia sometime between now and Washington’s 8 p.m. game against the Flyers in Philly tomorrow night.