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Kings, Penner agree on one-year deal

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a new one-year contract with left wing Dustin Penner, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Penner, 29, joins both Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser as key Kings unrestricted free agents who agreed to terms on new deals with the Kings shortly after leading the franchise to its first-ever Stanley Cup Championship in June.

Penner, a 6-4, 242-pound native of Winkler, Manitoba, appeared in all 20 postseason games for the Kings during the 2012 playoffs. He collected 11 points (3-8=11), 32 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating in the 20 games and two of the three goals he scored were game-winners. His overtime goal at Phoenix in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals (May 22) sent the Kings to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings acquired Penner from Edmonton for Colten Teubert, a first-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 28, 2011.

Penner, who scored a career-high 32 goals in 2009-10 and four times has scored 20 or more goals during his NHL career, has 262 points (135-127=262) and 306 penalty minutes in 489 career regular season games with the Kings, Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. In 60 career playoff games, he has 30 points (10-20=30), 50 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating.

Penner opened his NHL career with Anaheim as he signed with the Ducks as a free agent on May 12, 2004. He was a member of the Ducks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2007.

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