Kevin 'dirty pool" Lowe is up to his old tricks: tendering RFA Dustin Penner with a five-year $21.5 million offer, which the Ducks have the right to match. Another bold (desperate?) move by the Oilers' big cheese, flying in the face of the pre-existing gentlemen's agreement amongst GMs on not poaching RFAs from each other.
At $4.3 million a year, it's a reasonable offer on a burgeoning talent (29 goals, 45 Pts), one that I'd expect Brian Burke to match (only because that's what he said he'd do), if he wasn't pressed up against the salary cap. On the other hand, Penner seems to have had one good year, with an inflated shooting percentage, weak opposition and good linemates (sounds dangerously close to Lupul, doesn't it?). His size helps.
Anyway, I can't speak much for the guy since I spent most of the playoffs in Europe, licking my Oilers fan wounds. What do you think: is he worth it?
Either way, it's a lot more plausible as an actual signing than the Vanek offer ever was, and if Lowe pulls it off it's also a first, second and third rounder in next year's deep draft.