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NHL notebook: Dustin Penner says Ducks trade was 'cold' 0

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Penguins winger Tanner Glass (left) and Capitals winger Dustin Penner chase a loose puck during NHL action in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Penguins winger Tanner Glass (left) and Capitals winger Dustin Penner chase a loose puck during NHL action in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Dustin Penner returned to the Honda Center Tuesday to face his former club, the Anaheim Ducks, for the first time since being dealt to the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline.

If you think he's moved on from the surprise departure, think again.

Penner told the Los Angeles Times he "did everything (the Ducks) asked. I surpassed my point total (for the two years prior) in the first 40 games. If there was something I could've done differently to stay, I would have."

The 31-year-old power forward agreed with a Times reporter's suggestion that the trade was a "cold" move by Ducks general manager Bob Murray. Murray informed Penner he was shipped out of town for a fourth-round draft pick due to a lack of salary cap space.

Before the trade, Penner was enjoying a solid season. He racked up 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games while mainly playing on a line with superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Penner, who broke into the league in Anaheim before signing with the Edmonton Oilers, has picked up an assist in seven games since arriving in Washington.

'PLAYING FOR THE SCORESHEET'

The Carolina Hurricanes will probably miss out on the playoffs. Again.

Coach Kirk Muller is not pleased with this reality.

At the end of practice on Monday, the 'Canes bench boss had some choice words for his players, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Muller told the group "losing is for losers" and too many Carolina players were "playing their own way." Contracts and "playing for the scoresheet" were taking priority over the team's needs, Muller said.

"If you want to fit in, show it," Muller added. "Do it with work. I don't want guys who don't show up, who have bad body language."

The team, sporting a 29-30-9 record, sits nine points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot with 14 games remaining. They are on the verge of missing the playoffs for a fifth straight season.

The 'Canes have a minus-25 goal differential and have won only three of its last 10 games.

GUDBRANSON STAYING PUT

The Florida Panthers have big plans for rearguard Erik Gudbranson, according to general manager Dale Tallon.

The 22-year-old is a pending restricted free agent but will likely re-sign with the Cats.

"He's not going anywhere," Tallon told Sportsnet. "He is likely to be the captain of our team some day."

The endorsement comes at an odd time.

Selected third overall in the 2010 NHL draft, Gudbranson hasn't had a banner year. He has been a healthy scratch on occasion and missed more time with injuries to his knee and orbital bone.

Gudbranson, a 6-foot-5, 216-pound defenceman, has recorded seven points and 93 penalty minutes in 56 games.

WHAT'S THE SCORE?

There was plenty of confusion Monday at the end of the game between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues as to what the final score was going to be.

With Jets goalie Al Montoya on the bench in favour of an extra attacker, Blues forward Chris Porter put the puck into the empty net before time expired, but at the other end of the ice there was a melee that broke out -- which led to the debate over what the score ultimately was.

At one point, the official game summary said 4-1 but eventually it was switched back to 3-1 after officials ruled the whistle had blown before the puck went in the net to try and get control of the scrum.

BRIEFLY

The Detroit Red Wings, currently decimated by injuries to its forward group, moved 25-year-old defenceman Brendan Smith to forward versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Smith is filling in for Justin Abdelkader, who is out two weeks with a leg laceration ... Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad will miss at least one game with an upper-body injury he sustained Sunday. Saad did not travel with the team to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game against the Flyers ... Boston Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk missed Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Devils due to a leg injury. Boychuk, who also missed a Monday match versus the Minnesota Wild, is day-to-day.

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