Montreal Canadiens: Why Dustin Penner Makes Sense

February 3rd, 2011 by Salim Valji Leave a reply »
Trade deadline time has drawn near, and with it the rumours and speculation that come with Canada's second favourite day to July 1 (free agency opens).  

On the Oilers end of the spectrum, another long summer of golf is ahead.  However, we are hearing that Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky could be available for the right price.  

The Montreal Canadiens are one team that will have the usual shopping list of a top-six forward and a solid defenceman; and have earned the right to think of themselves as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.

For a team that has been goal-starved and too reliant on Carey Price this season, any scorer would be a welcome addition.

What Dustin Penner brings is a big-bodied forward who is still relatively young at 28 years-old. In a league where less than 1.5% of all players scored 30 goals in 2009-10, Penner accomplished the feat, along with a +6 rating, on the worst team in the league last season.  

The Montreal Canadiens, on the other hand, have not had a 30-goal man since Alexei Kovalev scored 35 in 2007-08.  

This is a team that needs offence desperately.

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