Five more questions with Dustin Penner

The big article of the day went up around lunchtime, focusing primarily on Dustin Penner’s immediate future and his ongoing contract negotiations with the LA Kings. As part of his phone interview with MayorsManor yesterday afternoon we also hit on a few other topics as well. So without any further ado, here you go…

– On any injuries he experienced this season and into the playoffs: “No, I had a pretty good playoffs as far as injuries go. I’ve been hurt more in other playoffs. In this year’s playoffs there was nothing other than the wear and tear. I think there was a stretch around Chicago where we played four games in…I don’t know how many nights. That was not the usual playoff schedule though. But it all ended up balancing out. I think we played the same amount of games in the same amount of time in comparison with last year. For me, the wrist didn’t bother me in the payoffs. [ed note: for the background on his wrist injury, that required surgery last summer, click here]. We figured out a way to tape it, and that took probably half the season, just trying to get rid of that post-op inflammation. That’s probably when it hurt the most, was during the first half of the season. But after that, the wrist was under control and everything else was just normal wear and tear.”

– On if he’ll need any follow-up surgery this summer: “No, not that I know of – but don’t jinx it.”

– On the Jonathan Bernier trade: “It’s sad to see him go. He was a part of a great team of guys here. I’m sure the Kings would have loved to keep him. It’s just part of the business. He’s been a backup now for three, four years and he’s good enough to be a number one goaltender on a lot of teams. He went to a situation where he has a better chance of becoming one. It will be a goalie-duel in Toronto, I’m sure. But, he has a great opportunity ahead of him in Toronto. That’s what it boils down to for a lot of players, is having that opportunity to be in a position where you can succeed. I think every backup goaltender wants to be a number one goaltender, and Bernier has yet to be a number one on a team. I think he wants that. So, good for him. I’m happy and excited for him.”

– On his best and worst memories with the Kings thus far: “The best memory is winning the first Stanley Cup in a franchise’s history, especially one who hasn’t won one in 45 years or whatever it was. And being in a market where you can see the fan base grow and the excitement around the city – and it’s not a small market. That was pretty cool to see. The worst moment was probably the drive up the 405. I should have just bought a penthouse suite at the Ritz or something, maybe Rant Sports has an inside track on that.”

– On any summer plans before he has to report back to work in September, including a possible trip up to London, Ontario for Drew Doughty’s softball tournament: “I might head up there for that. I’m not exactly sure when it is. But, I’m sure if I asked Dewey when it is, he wouldn’t know. That being said, I went and spent a little bit of time at EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in Las Vegas, which was a little bit of fun. [MM: And we heard very little about your time there. Kept a low profile, huh?] Yeah, it was low key. Low profile AND low key. Beyond that, there’s nothing that I’ve schedule months in advance. There’s a lot to do in California. I might go on a trip to Europe, but that’s not written in stone. Maybe a golf trip to Pebble Beach, that’s close enough so I don’t have to spend a day traveling.”

If you missed the earlier article on Penner, click here now to catch up.

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Comments

  1. Doughty99 says:

    Great stuff, Mayor.

    Dude, #1 McFlurry goal in Kings’ history. #NeverForget

    I hope you come back, too, Pens.

  2. WTF? Penner was at EDC?
    I was in Vegas at that time, not EDC, The wife and I were getting remarried for our 10 year anniversary.

    Man it woulda been cool to see him there

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