Capitals trade for Dustin Penner

Staring down the impending NHL trade deadline, the Washington Capitals dealt a fourth round pick in the 2014 draft to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Dustin Penner, a two-time Stanley Cup champion. The draft pick the Capitals traded to Anaheim had previously belonged to the Ducks and acquired by the Caps in a previous trade.

Penner, 31, has 13 goals and 32 points this season and 150 goals and 307 points in 571 regular-season games. More importantly for the Caps, who are making a mad push for the postseason, Penner has 13 goals and 35 points in 78 playoff games, so he’s as battle-tested as anyone on the roster.

Penner began his career with the Ducks, but signed with the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent and was later traded to the Los Angeles Kings at the 2011 trade deadline. He returned to Anaheim before the start of this season.

This may not be a long-term move for the Caps since Penner is playing out a one-year $2 million and will become an unrestricted free agent following the season.

There is a bit of irony in Penner being traded today, National Pancake Day, since he famously injured himself digging into a big stack of pancakes back in the 2012 season.