Lesson learned: Lock up your RFAs
The Ducks had done some preliminary work to re-sign Penner before the Oilers' wildcat strike on the big leftwinger. Sources say, Penner would have taken a two-year deal for $2 million US a season if it had been on the table from Anaheim after he made $450,000 last year, but talks hadn't got that far between Ducks assistant GM David McNab and Penner's people.
Why else would Burke leave a young, 29-goal scorer twisting in the wind? And then to blast Kevin Lowe as being "gutless?"
We'll find out later today if Penner walks, likely right at the deadline. And the smart money says he does.