Despite Rumours, Oilers may not be Looking to Move Penner ...

With the rumour mill swirling over the Oilers' interest in Dany Heatley or the making of cap space for a signing the likes of Hossa, Bouwmeester or Gaborik; the Oilers are surprisingly not actively trying to move Dustin Penner.

While a trade including Penner is possible, should it better the Oilers team; an Oilers Insider source says that the coaching staff is actually looking forward to bigger and better things for Penner under the Pat Quinn and Tom Renney regime and hope to use him in a dominant second line role.

While a number of Oiler faithfull firmly believe the 6'4" 245lbs forward is vastly overpaid and a mistake by the team in a time that Oiler fans longed for a splash in the free agent market; the Oilers actually still feel Penner has the ability to not only live up to his contract, but exceed it.

Penner has proven that under the right cirumstances with the right linemates, he can be just the type of player the Oilers are looking for and is a player the Oilers feel will bounce back with the coaching changes.

Under Craig McTavish, it is well documented that Penner was on a short list of players MacTavish chose to use to set an example and while Penner may not openly admit it, we're hearing he's as excited about the change in staff as the staff is to see a new Dustin Penner.


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