Edmonton centre/right winger Dustin Penner for Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. How does that sound?
That’s the deal E.J. Hradek of ESPN.com is promoting. Except for the money involved on the Penner side, sounds excellent although there would have to be more components to it.
The Canadiens are desperate for first and second line size. Penner is 6’4” and 245 pounds and was Edmonton’s top scorer last season with 32 goals and 31 assists and was plus-6 playing on the worst defensive team in the NHL. If last year was the real Penner and not the inconsistent performer we saw his two other years with the Oilers, then the Canadiens would have something special.
You might remember the war of words between, then Anaheim GM Brian Burke and the Oilers’ Kevin Lowe when Edmonton gave Penner, coming off a 29 goal Stanley Cup season with the Ducks, was handed a 5 year 21.5 million dollar deal by the Oilers. Penner went from a 450 thousand dollar player to 4.5 million a year in Edmonton. He still has two years left at the same figure.
If Plekanec walks, Penner would be a good replacement, although he was a right winger for most of last season.
Sound too good, or too logical to be true? Probably. But it’s a conversation starter.
Meanwhile, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer mentioned Sunday that the Canadiens are asking for Claude Giroux in andy deal involving Price. Understandably, the Flyers are dead-set against making that kind of trade. Can’t blame them.
Of course there’s last week’s rumour that Steve Yzerman in Tampa is interested in acquiring either Price or Halak. Some talk of Martin St. Louis but beyond his no trade contract, he’s also getting 5.25 million in the final year of his Tampa contract. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun started that one.