It’s been five years, but Dustin Penner is once again a member of the Anaheim Ducks. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 Penner left the pond and signed a five-year, $21.2 million offer sheet with the Edmonton Oilers.
Penner even kept his Newport Beach residence, just down the freeway from Honda Center. During the lockout last fall and winter, Penner wore a Ducks jersey when he worked out at Anaheim’s practice facility. (Curtis Zupke, NHL.com )
“Getzy called me and said I should come back,” Penner said. “I’ve known him for years. We have the same agents and circle of friends. There was a distinct possibility of me coming back to the Ducks, and having the captain on your side doesn’t hurt.” (NHL.com)
As Penner nears the end of his career it’s not shocking that he would return to the team he seemed to be the comfortable. Playing with friends may just be what the 30-year-old needs to revive his career.
Did you know? Penner was signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks on May 12, 2004.