A look at the poll results from Tuesday when we asked you the readers if you thought the Edmonton Oilers should sign Dustin Penner, came back somewhat surprising. It appears that the slight majority of Oilers’ fans, at least the ones who took part in the poll, want Dustin Penner to return to the Oilers.
A total of 167 votes were cast at the time of this post and 57% (96 votes) were in favor of Craig MacTavish signing the large framed forward. Call it what you will. It’s not a small sample pool and it’s not the largest either. But 57% of the voters feel that Penner is needed for his size, something that the Oilers forwards still lack even after the David Perron trade.
Penner would bring the much needed size that MacTavish still needs and wants to address although he plays a different game than David Clarkson does. In fact, if Edmonton had landed Clarkson he would be inserted into the top six forwards in Edmonton while Penner would likely be destined to the third line.
It’s hard to fathom MacTavish picking up the phone and calling Penner’s agent when it was the same Mac-T that coached him for three and a half seasons after he was plucked from Anaheim via an offer sheet. The two weren’t exactly getting along by the end of Penner’s tenure in Edmonton that eventually led to him being traded to the LA Kings. Then again, signing him now could be considered ‘bold’ and that wouldn’t surprise anyone at the rate that MacTavish is turning over the Oilers’ roster this summer.
A trade could still be in order that would likely involve Ales Hemsky being shipped out of town for a rugged third line winger, meaning the Penner signing is just wishful thinking for the fans that believe Edmonton would benefit from his services. We’ll find out over the next few weeks if and where Penner signs and if it turns out to be Edmonton, we’ll break it down for you right here at Oil on Whyte.
Thanks to everyone who voted in the daily poll and thanks for reading.
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