Kevin Lowe's Next Target: Dustin Penner
Whether or not Penner makes sense in Edmonton -- and I think he would -- you have to admire Lowe for at least knowing who around the league is vulnerable to such a move. If you pop over to nhlscap.com, you'll see that the Ducks are only about $6 million under the cap at this point -- but that's without counting Teemu Selanne, who is still contemplating whether or not to return for one more season, or knowing whether or not Conn Smythe winner Scott Niedermayer will follow through on his own retirement plan.
Without either of those players on the roster, retaining Penner is more or less a given. But if both come back, it looks like Penner may very well be priced off of the roster, especially with Selanne coming off back to back 40+ goal seasons.
Penner, still only 24, played all 82 games for the Stanley Cup champion Ducks last season, scoring 29 goals. If Anaheim refuses to match, they'll be compensated with a first, a second and a third round draft pick -- a price that seems low for the Oilers after a draft where they had four picks in the first round.
Previously on the FanHouse:
Is Kevin Lowe Ready to Poach Again?
Oilers Sign Vanek to 7 Year Offer Sheet