In terms of value, this is a no-brainer decision. Penner’s new number on his contract added to the fact that there are three draft picks in the package (one of which should be at the very least a top 10 pick and might be a lottery selection in deep, deep draft) make keeping him unattractive for Anaheim.
For the Oilers, it’s all about this season. After the disasters that came after the beauty run to the final and the well documented frustration in the trade and free agency markets, Kevin Lowe needed to do something and well hell he sure did it.
As I understand the process, Burke can do one of three things today:
- Hold a press conference to announce he’s matched the contract, or release a statement stating same.
- Hold a press conference to announce he’s letting Penner go to Edmonton, or release a statement stating same.
- Let the deadline (apparently noon somewhere on the continent) pass and then he’s the Oilers problem.
I’m too cheap to bet but my Monopoly money (I call the top hat!) is on Burke letting the deadline slip away and then holding a press conference later in which he details the quality of the 10 best amateurs eligible for the 2008 draft.
The Oilers will likely hold a press conference too, and I believe they’ll make a trade on top of it. If you’re going to have an elite level “soft parade” line, is Shawn Horcoff the best option at center with Penner and Hemsky on the wings?
I don’t think so. Hello Marc Savard, hello Mike Cammalleri.