The Los Angeles Kings have made a move at the deadline. It’s not the first time, but hopefully it’ll be the first time in a while that a deadline move made a real impact on the team. The Kings finally made a move that required them to move some real assets in order to get an asset back. So who did they get? The Kings acquired Dustin Penner, formerly of the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, for Colten Teubert, a 1st round pick this season and a conditional pick next season.
Dustin Penner is more than just a rental, since he is under contract at $4.25 million for next season, and with any luck the Kings will be able to sign him long-term. We gave a brief look at Dustin Penner in our overview of who the Kings might be targeting, and highlighted him as arguably the best fit of the available forwards. As a result, I can say that we here at Rink Royalty are overall quite pleased with the deal. The Kings acquire an offensive, powerful forward who can play on the left wing, and contribute to the first line. Penner has scored 30 goals in the past, and will likely be able to increase that number when he’s playing on a team that isn’t as awful as the Oilers. He’s got a Stanley Cup ring, and is still young enough to be a part of the Kings core moving forward.
The Kings only had to give up Colten Teubert, a 1st and a conditional pick for Penner, so it’s a reasonable trade from the Kings perspective. Teubert is probably the farthest from making a real impact on the NHL level, and the Kings defensive pipeline is still very strong with Hickey, Voynov, Forbert and Deslauriers, not to mention youngsters Martinez, Doughty and Johnson on the NHL team. The 1st round pick is a bummer, but you have to give to get, and the upcoming draft is already projected to be relatively weak in the depth perspective, so a mid/late 1st round pick won’t likely net a true gamebreaker. It’s not clear yet what the conditional pick is, but it’s unlikely to be a real huge deal either way.
In all it’s a good deal for the Kings, with huge upside. If Penner is able to contribute to making this team a real offensive threat, he could be a major missing piece that the Kings have been needing. What say you? Good deal?