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Kings put Dustin Penner on IR

The Los Angeles Kings have put LW Dustin Penner on IR (retroactive to Nov. 10) with a hand injury. Penner injured his hand on Thursday against Vancouver and missed last night’s game with Minnesota, which (coincidentally or not) the Kings won 5-2.

I’ve decided to play both the headline and lead straight here because PHT has kinda piled on Penner lately. By kinda, I mean “really.” And by lately, I mean “forever.”

Some recent headlines:

The Dustin Penner experience isn’t exactly working in LA

Dustin Penner just can’t catch a break

Dustin Penner back in doghouse, though nobody’s sure he ever left

Part of me feels bad, though I’m not sure what else to say and/or do. Penner’s been a disaster in L.A. — in 14 games this season, he has two points (both assists), pushing his overall numbers with the Kings to:

33 regular-season games: 2G-7A-9PTS, minus-2, 27 PIM

Six playoff games: 1G-1A-2PTS, minus-3

Just how badly this ends for L.A. remains to be seen. Penner’s unrestricted come season’s end and it’s fair to suggest the Kings might not be interested in retaining his services. That’s troubling, because they anted up big to get those services — Colten Teubert and the 19th overall pick at the 2011 Draft, which Edmonton parlayed into Oscar Klefbom (whom many are high on). Sure, the Kings are loaded with young blueline prospects and Teubert has struggled to crack an NHL lineup…but that doesn’t really take away the sting of what might be Dean Lombardi’s worst move as Kings GM.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.