Jun 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) moves the puck down the ice against Chicago in game three of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Los Angeles Kings Free Agent Dustin Penner Signs with the Anaheim Ducks

Free Agent forward Dustin Penner will not be on the Los Angeles Kings next season. But the big power foaward won’t be leaving for very distant pastures. Dustin Penner announced on Twitter that he will be joining the Anaheim Ducks, and for good measure included a little video too.

From the moment the big forward joined the LA Kings midseason 2 and a half years ago he has been team high and team low. He has scored some of the biggest goals for the Kings like the overtime winner in Phoenix that sent the Kings to the Cup Final. But he has also been the scourge of many fans and Darryl Sutter’s wrath because those goals were few and far between. He has big goal potential, scoring 32 goals for Edmonton in 2009-10, and when he is unproductive and potentially loafs on the ice, it is frustrating for fans.

This of course isn’t the first time that Dustin Penner has been in a Ducks jersey, and the Ducks are happy to have him back in the lineup.

Penner helped the Orange County franchise to the first Stanley Cup in the history of hockey in Southern California back in 2007. The Ducks are fully aware they are getting the good with the bad for Penner.

For me, the good always outweighed the bad for Penner because included with the good was his entertaining personality. Objectively, Penner is one of the most entertaining, and funniest athletes around and @DustinPenner25 is worth joining Twitter for. For Twitter examples look no further

He is brutally honest, but entertaining.

And the Ducks are getting him for a 1 year contract only. For the second consecutive season Penner took a 1 year deal, when he potentially could have gotten more years and more money elsewhere. He traded that for a comfortable spot on a familiar, winning team.

Kings fans are sad to see Penner go, but I am glad at least that he won’t be far away.

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