Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Preds in Oil Country

I’m sad to leave,” said the 28-year-old winger, after being traded to the LA Kings. Like everybody here, I felt like we were building something together. I didn’t expect to get traded. It’s kind of a daze.” Dustin Penner

The City of Edmonton is still buzzing about the recent departure of Dustin Penner who was sent back to California 24 hours ago.

There is no question that the D-Train will be missed both on and off of the ice, and despite some difficult years in Oil Cuntry, he will be missed most by his ex-teammates. 

“It’s tough to see friends like that go. I had conversations with him and I know he really grew to enjoy his time here, enjoy the organization. He liked playing here, liked the guys. I know he was prepared, if it came to it, to stay and be a part of the future.” said Shawn Horcoff. "It’s been challenging for him at times, but I’m really impressed with his professionalism. He’s a real strong person. He believes in himself, in his ability. He’s positive to be around. I can’t say enough about him."
In return the Oilers receive, Colton Teubert  a first round pick for 2011 and a 3 round conditional pick in 2012.   Teubert, has yet to have a cup of coffee in the show.  The 20 year-old, has been playing in the Minors since being drafted in 2008.  Suffice to say, this trade appears to be a win-win situation for both clubs:the Kings were looking for a scoring left winger to play with Anze Kopitar and of course the Oilers have been dying to stockpile bodies on defensive corps.
With Penner out, according to @dantencer  Magnus Paajarvi will assume Penner's void for tonight's contest vs the Preds. This will be Paajarvi's first crack on the first line as he will play with Horcoff and Hemsky.
Tencer also believes that the rest of the line up will go as follows.
In goal for the Oilers it is believed that Dubnyk will take a rest to give Martin Gerber a chance play in goal.
The Predators are 32-23-8 this season and yet are 4-5-1 in the last 10 games.  The last time the two clubs met, the Oilers blanked the Preds 4-0 two weeks ago.
Preds vs Oilers 6:30 Pacific time.

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