News and Notes: where we’ve only ever said nice things about Penner and Souray

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009 09:03AM

If you’ve ever see Penner or Souray in public, and decide to hassle them for an autograph or whatever, pay attention to their mood. It isn’t that we don’t think they’re great guys, but after watching this, this, and this, we wouldn’t be inclined to take any chances.

If you’re wondering about the damage inflicted above, Dallas finally put Landon Wilson on the injured reserve list today -- he’s been listed as day-to-day since suffering an "upper body" injury after Penner hit him in the face. Meanwhile, Craig Weller missed his second game last night with a head injury.

Potulny Demoted

The Edmonton Oilers continued their recent practice of rewarding minor league call-ups for their strong play by sending them back to the minors when they sent out Ryan Potulny yesterday.

Potulny’s been exceptional since joining the team eight days ago, recording three assists in four games. He also had a +15 Corsi rating. Still, it isn’t all bad; Potulny will get to play in the AHL all-star game next week as a result of the demotion.

Stockton Thunder 7-0-1 Since Coaching Change

Since firing Chris Cichocki and bringing in Matt Thomas (as well as a half-dozen new players), the Stockton Thunder haven’t lost in regulation time, posting a 7-0-1 record. It’s a nice change for Thunder fans, who have led the ECHL in attendance only to watch their team lose more often than not.

For Sunday’s game, the Thunder will be wearing Oilers jerseys and then auctioning them off to those in attendance. Also, since I’m on the topic of the Thunder right now, here are their goaltending statistics so far into the season:

  • Andrew Perugini: 6-6-2, 3.17 GAA, .905 SV%
  • Bryan Pitton: 9-10-2, 3.12 GAA, .897 SV%
  • Glenn Fisher: 2-0-1, 2.64 GAA, .895 SV%
  • Tim Boron: 0-1-0, 9.39 GAA, .714 SV%

None of these guys have been posting great numbers (admittedly on a lousy team), although Andrew Perugini (who I admit I’m optimistic about) looks like the best of the bunch so far. All three need to show more to climb up the ladder.

Lightning Claim Murphy

The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed defenceman Cory Murphy off re-entry waivers from the Florida Panthers (h/t to Spector).

Murphy’s an undersized offensive defenceman who has struggled with injuries this season, and although he’s been a prolific scorer in Finland and managed six points in five AHL games this season, he hasn’t translated that to the NHL as of yet. It’s tempting to compare him to the last undersized offensive defenceman the Lightning stole from the Panthers, but it’s a bit of a stretch to do so.

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 smytty777
January 20 2009, 10:50AM
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If Penner could bring that sort of nastiness game in and game out he would be an elite player in this league. There is a very limited number of guys that can be physically dominant and consistently score 20+. It's unfortunately a pipe dream with regard to Penner, but that sort of upside is likely why the Oilers wanted him in the first place.

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#2 Cam
January 20 2009, 11:38AM
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@ smytty777: I remember many of those things being said about Arnott. Eventually he got his head out of his a**. I think Penner will, too. He has great potential, I loved watching him those ten games after he was benched - he was a machine.

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#3 Dennis
January 20 2009, 02:57PM
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The Oilers were interested in Murphy as well; before he signed with the Cats, I mean.

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#4 Chris
January 20 2009, 03:10PM
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Cam wrote:

I loved watching him those ten games after he was benched - he was a machine.

Playing with Hemskey doesn't hurt. Penner put up big numbers after being re-united with Hemmer. I expect his offensive production will again rebound now that Hemskey has returned from injury... Love how Penner scored the game winning goal against Phoenix, on Anderson Night, sporting an Anderson Moustache. Dustin, don't you dare shave!

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#5 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 03:24PM
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Dennis wrote:

The Oilers were interested in Murphy as well; before he signed with the Cats, I mean.

But between Staios and tarnstrom, the Oilers didn't need any more puck-moving defenseman in 2006-07... oh, right

@Chris:

Could you do me a favour and start calling him "Hemsky"?

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#6 Cam
January 20 2009, 03:56PM
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Chris wrote:

Playing with Hemskey doesn’t hurt. Penner put up big numbers after being re-united with Hemmer. I expect his offensive production will again rebound now that Hemskey has returned from injury… Love how Penner scored the game winning goal against Phoenix, on Anderson Night, sporting an Anderson Moustache. Dustin, don’t you dare shave!

It's not even about points as much as it is about his legs moving and drawing bodies, it just frees up so much space for Horcoff and Hemsky. When he is gliding around he is useless, no matter who he is playing with.

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