Trade deadline acquisitions don’t always work out. Capitals forward Dustin Penner was one recent example. But now we may know more of a reason why.
After being acquired from Anaheim a day before the 2014 trade deadline, the hulking forward played just 18 games for the Caps during the final month and a half of the 2013-14 season. Thought to be a potential top-six player by George McPhee, Penner spent most of his time either scratched or in the bottom six, scoring just one goal and two assists. The Caps would go on to miss the playoffs that year for the first time since 2007-08.
Recently, Penner was a guest on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast and revealed a workers’ compensation claim that he is pursuing after allegedly breaking his neck and continuing to play for the Capitals.