Cue the National Pancake Day jokes, because on Tuesday, the Anaheim Ducks have dealt former Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals.
Penner who was infamously sidelined a couple of years ago for an injury sustained while eating pancakes, was a part of the Kings’ Stanley Cup team, and is now finished his second stint in Orange County.
Penner has 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games with the Ducks and he heads East. There is no confirmation on what the Capitals have sent in return. He spent parts of 3 seasons with the Kings, scoring just 11 goals, but came alive and was an integral part of the magical run of 2012, wit 11 points in 20 games during the playoffs.
Anahiem becomes the first team since Friday to make a move in the Western Conference race, but I guess they feel it is addition by subtraction. I wonder if it was Martin Erat, who the Capitals desperately want to move, coming the other way, but I doubt it since that would probably have been made public right away.
The Ducks have also apparently added Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas to their lineup. Robidas is injured and likely out until mid-march, but is a strong defender and will bolster the Anaheim blue line.
The wait continues for the Kings to see if they can add some scoring prowess at the deadline.