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Penner's rebound season a success

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

Dustin Penner was catalyst in the proposed trade for Dany Heatley this summer.

However, the Edmonton Oilers winger was not considered on par with the Ottawa Senators two-time 50-goal scorer, so Ladislav Smid and Andrew Cogliano were thrown in the deal as well.

Now, a quarter way through the season it appears as though it would have been a lopsided trade, considering how well Penner’s been playing.

“For myself that (proposed trade) didn’t hold too much water for me,” Penner said prior to Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks. “After the year I had last year, I was looking to rebound and have a better year. So I really didn’t use that as fuel.”

Heading into Friday’s contest, Penner had 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points on the year.

Heatley had 18 goals and 11 assists for 29 points.

It’s the first time they’ve gone up against each other since the deal fell through with Heatley’s refusal to come to Edmonton.

“They’re a pretty good team and there is not much to it as far as I’m concerned,” Penner said. “I think it’ll be a pretty good game for the fans and the two teams that are playing, but for me, nothing has really changed in my life."

Penner has been bombarded with questions about the proposed trade since training camp. However, he would rather just move past the entire situation.

“It’s in the back of my mind because you guys (media) keep dragging me into it," he said. "It’s not his (Heatley’s) fault, it’s not me, Cogs or Laddy’s fault that was something going on, that was done above our heads.”


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