Now you know why the Kings didn’t keep Penner, or maybe you did already

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.

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Newly departed winger Dustin Penner talks about his days with the Kings

Dustin Penner signed a one-season, $2-million contract with the Ducks on Tuesday. Asked for his assessment of his time with the Kings, he said during a conference call: “I wish I could’ve contributed more, frequently and consistently on a personal level. I had a great time with L.A. Made a lot of great relationships that will span my lifetime. Winning a Cup in a city that hadn’t won one in 45 years, doesn’t get better than that.”

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Kings comings and goings: Bye-bye Pancakes, hello Car Bomb

The Kings said goodbye to Dustin “Pancakes” Penner, who signed a one-season, $2-million deal to return to the Ducks, and said hello to Daniel “Car Bomb” Carcillo, who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional draft pick in 2015. Penner might be re-united with former linemates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf next season. There’s been an opening on the line since the Ducks traded Bobby Ryan to the Ottawa Senators.

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Kings GM Dean Lombardi talks about trying to re-sign winger Dustin Penner

You get the feeling the Kings will be content to let left wing Dustin Penner walk as an unrestricted free agent. To be sure, they wouldn’t have that Stanley Cup championship banner hanging in the Staples Center rafters without him. But he’s also been something of a disappointment during the last two regular seasons.

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Kings free agent tracker (updated)

The decisions Wednesday by Trevor Lewis, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez and Jordan Nolan to elect salary arbitration means the Kings have only two remaining free agents to be signed or unsigned, and it’s possible Dustin Penner and Kyle Clifford could be headed elsewhere because of the team’s salary-cap constraints. Here’s an update:

Unrestricted free agents

Dustin Penner, left wing: Unsigned.

Keaton Ellerby, defenseman: Re-signed for one season, $735,000.

Brad Richardson, center: Signed two-year, $2.3-million deal with Vancouver.

Rob Scuderi, defenseman: Signed four-year, $13.5-million deal with Pittsburgh.

Restricted free agents

Kyle Clifford, left wing: Unsigned.

Trevor Lewis, center: Opted for salary arbitration.

Alec Martinez, defenseman: Opted for salary arbitration.

Jake Muzzin, defenseman: Opted for salary arbitration.

Jordan Nolan, center: Opted for salary arbitration.

Outside free agent

Jeff Schultz, defenseman: Signed one-year, $700,000 contract.

 

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Kings free agent tracker

Friday’s opening day of free agency altered the Kings’ roster and the first members of the Stanley Cup championship team of 2012 departed. Here’s a look at the Kings’ free agents, where they went, who arrived and who still needs a contract (as of July 6):

Unrestricted free agents

Dustin Penner, left wing: Unsigned.

Keaton Ellerby, defenseman: Re-signed for one season, $735,000.

Brad Richardson, center: Signed two-year, $2.3-million deal with Vancouver.

Rob Scuderi, defenseman: Signed four-year, $13.5-million deal with Pittsburgh.

Restricted free agents

Kyle Clifford, left wing: Unsigned.

Trevor Lewis, center: Unsigned.

Alec Martinez, defenseman: Unsigned.

Jake Muzzin, defenseman: Unsigned.

Jordan Nolan, center: Unsigned.

Outside free agent

Jeff Schultz, defenseman: Signed one-year, $700,000 contract.

 

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Kings unrestricted free agents

Free agency begins Friday. Here’s a look at the Kings’ unrestricted free agents:

Dustin Penner, LW, 2 goals, 12 assists, minus-2, 33 games, 2012-13 salary $3.25 million.

Brad Richardson, C, 1 goal, 5 assists, plus-2, 16 games, 2012-13 salary $1.35 million.

Rob Scuderi, D, 1 goal, 11 assists, minus-6, 48 games. 2012-13 salary $3.4 million

Thanks to capgeek.com for salary info.

 

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Has winger Dustin Penner found a home with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter?

After some needless verbal jousting with a reporter who asked a perfectly harmless question and after fielding several other equally tame queries Wednesday, Kings left wing Dustin Penner admitted he was pleased to accept his current role on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Penner, a free-agent to-be, also said of his ever-changing roles:

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Darryl Sutter: shorthanded Kings need more production from the left side

The Kings won’t have team captain Dustin Brown when they face the San Jose Sharks in the regular-season finale Saturday night at Staples Center. Brown will serve the second game of a two-game suspension from the NHL for elbowing Jason Pominville of the Minnesota Wild during the Kings’ loss Tuesday. Brown is eligible to return for Game 1 of the playoffs next week. Until then, the Kings will be shorthanded.

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