"I'd say it's pretty good," Penner said of his chances of returning to Los Angeles. "I want to be back. ... I'm pretty sure Dean is good at math."
Penner rebounded from a dismal regular season for a strong playoff run with linemates Mike Richards and Carter, scoring the overtime goal in the victory that clinched the Kings' second Western Conference championship. The power forward is now a two-time NHL champion after winning the Cup with Anaheim in 2007, and his experience after that title has affected how he views his impending free agency.
Penner signed a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet with Edmonton in the ensuing offseason, and the furious Ducks didn't match it. Penner got his money, but missed his teammates while struggling through dismal seasons with the Oilers, who traded him to Los Angeles last season.
"I ended up leaving (Anaheim), and you want to be a part of that — coming into a building as the champs," Penner said. "We've got a good thing going here, and I love it."
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