Selling High: Penner To The Kings

Justin JohnstonContributor IAugust 29, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03:  Dustin Penner #27 of the Edmonton Oilers awaits a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Arena on April 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Dustin Penner's stock may never be higher. After a season in which he scored 32 goals and 63 points I think that this is the time for the Oilers to shop him. The recent story of the Kings got me thinking of what Kings would be beneficial to the Oilers for the short term and long term possibilities.

Wayne Simmonds- a young physical forward who is coming off a strong regular season and an even stronger playoffs. Simmonds had 16 goals and a 40 point season in which of the season he played on the third line and averaged around 14 minutes a game. A good two-way forward with alot of untapped potential.

Jack Johnson - an upcoming RFA. Johnson has been touted for a long time as the potential stud defenceman. A young physical, skilled defenceman is exactly what the Oilers are lacking at this time. Playing behind Doughty in LA could take a blow to his ego as not being the #1 star dman.

Ryan Smyth - reacquiring Smyth has been talked about in Oiler nation since that dreadful day where he was shipped to Long Island. Ryan Smyth would bring leadership and a nostalgic feeling to the Oilers. Plus one cannot doubt the chemistry he has with Horcoff and Hemsky.

If Tambellini was seriously considering shopping Penner to the Kings I would hope he could get Johnson and Simmonds as part of a package deal. The inclusion of Smyth was of personal preference as I would love to see #94 back in copper and blue. And I would think he could still be of value to Edmonton in the areas that they are lacking right now.