Earlier this season, it looked like Dustin Penner’s tenure with the Kings would end this summer. Now, after a terrific playoff run, Penner is hoping to stay with the Los Angeles and the feeling is probably mutual.
It certainly helps that he’s willing to take less money to make it happen.
Penner is coming off of a five-year/$21.25 million contract. You might assume that he would be in line for a big pay cut this summer, but that might not be the case if he does test the free agent waters.
There will likely be a significant shortage of top-six forwards that make it to the UFA list and that might make even a risky guy like Penner very appealing to a number of teams. After all, he’s still not too far removed from a 32-goal season, he was great in the playoffs, and he’s a two-time Stanley Cup winner.
It would not be a shock if a GM felt optimistic about him and decided to offer him a contract that reflected that optimism.
With that in mind, the fact that Penner wants to stay in Los Angeles and is open to taking a pay cut is a meaningful development.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”