Dustin Penner and the Anaheim Ducks were reunited this past summer, but Penner will not be in the lineup when the team opens its 2013-13 season Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed following Wednesday's morning skate that Penner is a healthy scratch. Penner was skating with coaches and extra players following practice, a good indicator that he's out of the lineup. It was last week when Boudreau called Penner's camp "mediocre," but the coach cited a strong camp from Patrick Maroon, expected to play left wing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, as part of his reasoning behind the decision.
"We really are counting on Dustin to be a big part of this club," Boudreau told reporters. "And I just think you have to reward certain people for having good training camps and you have to make a point of, if you don't have a great training camp that this isn't just given to you.
"So that was the case. And in Dustin's defense, the last 10 days he's worked extremely hard. He's not quite where he wants to be but he's getting closer, a lot closer than when he first came into camp … Maroon earned the first game."
Penner, 31, signed a one-year, $2 million contract to return to Anaheim this summer. He scored a 29 goals in 2006-07 as part of the "Kid Line" with Getzlaf and Perry to lead the Ducks to the franchise's first Stanley Cup. After moving on to the Edmonton Oilers, Penner spent parts of the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, winning his second Cup in 2012.