October 31, 2014

Washington Capitals acquire Dustin Penner from Ducks

CAPS SEND 4TH ROUND PICK, ACQUIRED IN PERREAULT TRADE, BACK TO ANAHEIM

The Washington Capitals traded the fourth round pick they acquired from the Anaheim Ducks back to its origin and acquired veteran forward Dustin Penner, the team announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, 6’4″, 240 left-handed shot should join Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom on the team’s top line, giving the Caps a big-bodied, experienced running mate for their best players.

From the press release:

Penner, 31, is a 10-year NHL veteran who has played for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim. The 6’4’’, 247-pound forward has appeared in 571 career NHL games, recording 307 points (150 goals, 157 assists) and 352 penalty minutes. In addition, Penner has collected 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) and 58 penalty minutes in 78 career playoff games. Penner won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 and with the Kings in 2012.

This season, Penner has recorded 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) and 28 penalty minutes while playing in 49 games for the Ducks. The Winkler, Manitoba native ranked fifth on the team in goals, sixth in points and assists and tied for fifth in plus/minus (22).

Penner will wear jersey No. 17 with Washington.

The move costs the Caps very little in terms of trade assets and, for now, Penner fits under the salary cap with Jack Hillen and Aaron Volpatti both on long-term injured reserve. But Hillen is expected to be activated before Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia, so there could be more dominoes to fall.

With the move, GM George McPhee signals that the Caps aren’t folding their tents and expect to make a late push to qualify for the playoffs. This could be just the first of several moves in advance of Wednesday’s trade deadline.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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