Dustin Penner signed a $3.25 million contract yesterday, keeping him a King for another year! With the signing of Penner the Stanley Cup Championship team remains intact. Even though Penner had a less than stellar regular season, his impact during the Playoffs was monumental. Worthy of a long term contract, but the opportunity to remain a part of a Championship team is what Penner wanted.
Here is what Penner had to say about the deal, from NHL.com
“My mindset was, I wanted to be on a championship team,” Penner said in a conference call. “In the past, when I was in Anaheim, I kind of flew the coop early. I didn’t get to be part of a championship team the following year, which is something that delayed my signing of the offer sheet because I wanted to be a part of that. It’s a great organization here with the Kings … I wanted to be a part of that for another year.”
Penner acknowledged, “I knew there was probably other teams that would have offered me more than a year,” but reiterated he wanted to return to the same group. He made a reference to the movie “The Matrix” to describe his outlook.
“I had taken the blue pill last time,” he said. “This time, I wanted to take the red pill … I wanted to see what it was like to be back on a team that I won a championship with. It’s a great opportunity for myself, personally, to have the year I’ve wanted to have as a King. Last year wasn’t anywhere near people’s expectations, and especially my own. I look forward to having that opportunity to redeem myself further.”
Even with the signing of Penner the Kings still have some breathing room and are going after another big, name Minnesota’s own Zach Parise. The Kings are one of many teams including Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Minnesota, biding for Parise’s time. He has yet to make a decision, but has said that he plans on making his decision today!
So will Parise be the newest King? We will find out soon fans, keep your ears to the ground!