The Oilers learn tomorrow whether or not Ducks GM Brian Burke will opt to match the Lowe's fabric-of-reality-tearing five-year, $21.25-million offer sheet for Dustin Penner.
Will he or won't he?
I've got a crisp, unmarked $5 Canadian bill that says Burke lets Penner walk. That is, after all, the worst possible outcome in this situation. And "worst possible" seems to be synonymous with "most likely" these days in Browntown.
Meanwhile, the fact that this franchise has gotten so desperate for scoring that it's willing to catapult briefcases of cash in the direction of an unproven sophomore who potted 29 goals one time seems to have had little effect on the Oilers faithful, who have responded this off-season by snapping up every last season ticket in record time. At least, so says Laforge.
UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: Mirtle has 630 CHED reporting that Burke did not match the offer. Snip:
Dustin Penner's agent has said the player is now on the Oilers' reserve list, meaning he has been transferred from Anaheim awaiting the finalization of his contract.UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: TSN.ca home page confirms Ducks have decided not to match.
I believe this is the first time an offer sheet has never been matched. Penner will make $21.5-million over the next five years in Edmonton, a cap hit of $4.3-million per season.