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Penner's First Practice with Kings

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“We’re not asking him to be the savior of the franchise,” Kings head coach Terry Murray told reporters today after morning practice at the Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo, Calif.

Of course by “him” Murray is referring to the 28-year old, 6-foot-4 240 pound left winger Dustin Penner whom the Kings acquired on Monday before the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers for minor-league defenseman Colton Teubert, a first-round draft pick in 2011 draft and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2012.

But as Murray opened his comments this morning regarding Penner’s arrival to Los Angeles, “All good thoughts.”

For the Kings home game Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyote, Penner will be playing on the first line alongside Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds.

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“He’s in the prime of his career, in my opinion, at [28] years old with a lot of hockey ahead of him,” Murray said about putting Penner in that first line. “I just want to see him keep pushing it up, keep becoming a good player and be a good player for the Los Angeles Kings.”