Saturday, February 19, 2011

Edmonton Should Keep Dustin Penner

Dustin Penner is a 28 year old, 240 lb, 30 goal scorer with one year remaining on a reasonable contract. Granted that $4 million dollars per year might have been too much in the first two years of the deal, but Penner is now in the prime production years for a forward and I think Edmonton should hold on to him. My friend the Leafs fan ridiculously thinks that Edmonton should pay a bounty to Toronto for taking Penner's contract. His proposal, Toronto's two late 1st round picks for Edmonton's high 1st round pick and Penner, which is absurd. I replied that the Oilers don't need draft picks, they need players aged 23-28. They need young players with experience to grow old with Hall-Eberle-Paajarvi.

Edmonton may yet trade Dustin Penner, but I would recommend keeping him and extending him. He is an excellent piece for the coming dynasty. This year's rookie class was a major home run for the Oilers, even if they at the bottom of the standings. They need patience, not expedience.

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