Left wing Dustin Penner got an earful from Kings fans during last month’s exhibition game between his old team and his new one, the Ducks. Some chanted, “Traitor,” at him whenever he was on the ice and had the puck on his stick. It was kind of silly considering the Kings didn’t want him back because of salary-cap considerations and because his production was so underwhelming. After all, he had only 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 33 games. He was often scratched and frequently assigned to the fourth line.
The Ducks picked him up for $2 million, hoping he could be rejuvenated by a reunion with former linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Reality set in pretty quickly, however, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau scratched Penner for Wednesday’s regular-season opener against the Colorado Avalanche. The smart thing to do when (if?) Penner hits the Staples Center ice with the Ducks later this season is to cheer. The Kings lost an under-performer and the Ducks acquired one. No reason to boo that deal if you’re a Kings’ fan.