Dustin Penner was in the middle of a bounce-back season for the Anaheim Ducks, scoring 32 points in 49 games after returning to the squad that signed him as an undrafted free agent. In what can only be chalked up to a cap move, the team decided to move Penner and his $2 million salary to the Washington Capitals at the deadline for a fourth-round draft pick.
The move irked the 31-year-old winger and he hasn't exactly had continued success in the Nation's Capital. In 18 games with the Capitals, Penner has managed three goals and two assists. He's now dealing with an upper-body injury. While he's listed as day-to-day, there's only one week remaining in the regular season and it wouldn't be surprising if Penner was done for the year. That's speculation on our part, but it seems that Penner will miss at least a game or two of action.
Penner has an upper body injury and is day-to-day. #CapsIsles— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) April 5, 2014
With five games left on the regular season schedule, Washington is trying to chase down either the Columbus Blue Jackets or Detroit Red Wings for the final wild card spot in the east. They trail Columbus and the final playoff spot by four points, which is a small miracle considering they've lost their last five games.