Photo: Jeff Gross

The Caps are buyers. Earlier today, Washington acquired Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 draft, which the Caps got from the Ducks in the Mathieu Perreault trade. Penner should slot in as the first or second-line left wing for the Caps, providing some net crashing for their skill lines. He filled that role admirably in Orange County, picking up 32 points so far this season playing on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

“Hopefully it’s similar to the way Getz and Perry were,” Penner said of the possibility of playing with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. “We were able to generate offense.”

“I hope to be in the lineup tomorrow,” he added by phone from LAX. “If not then I rushed for nothing.”

Penner, who will wear number 17, carries a cap hit of $2 million. He an unrestricted free agent come summer after signing a one-year deal with the Ducks in July. While he could be resigned by the Caps, this move is clearly designed to help the Caps win now. Since the Ducks were trying to unload salary, Penner comes at a nice price for the Capitals.

“I think it’s a good challenge for me personally,” Penner, a former high school teammate of Eric Fehr, said. “I’m looking forward to coming in and hopefully adding something that they were looking for to help make the push for the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup.”

There should be more moves coming. According to CapGeek, Washington has about $80,000 in cap space with Penner on the roster. However, that’s with Jack Hillen on long term injured reserve. As of now, he’s supposed play tomorrow. With another winger on the books, Martin Erat makes the most sense to head out. The trade deadline is tomorrow at 3 pm.

Get ready.

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  • This phone conference was hilarious.

  • Freedoooom

    Yeah.. This team isn’t competing for a cup.

    Penner is a nice addition, but the defense doesn’t suck. Its the coaching that sucks.

  • Scott Mallon

    that and he posted this tweet and this video later on. already a favorite for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-hDl6OALv4&feature=youtu.be

  • Jack Conness

    This guy is awesome. I was creeping on his Twitter and he is hilarious. Gonna be a fun guy to follow. He tweeted Obama asking if he could crash at his place for awhile. I am really liking this deal. I’m excited, and worried, to see what happens next.

  • Steve Hickey

    I appreciate the effort and link, but Ive heard clearer conversations between NASA and Astronauts…

  • Barrett

    Dustin Penner : 6′-4″ 247lbs
    Nicklas Backstrom : 6′-1″ 208lbs
    Alex Ovechkin : 6′-3″ 230lbs

    That’s a whole lot of crash the net.

  • 70Caps

    2014 draft must be good…almost all trades today have been for middle round picks.
    bryzgalov to wild for a 4th round,
    andrew macdonald to flyers for a 3rd round (and a ’15 pick and a forward),
    pirri to panthers for 3rd round (and a ’16),
    fasth to oilers for a 5th round (and a ’15),
    robidas to ducks for a 4th round,
    and penner of course.

  • MCR

    If we got Penner for a 4th round pick, which we got for Perreault, can’t we just get Mathieu back?

  • criegel

    Oh, the defense definitely sucks. But it just got better

  • Chip

    uhhh the defense most certainly sucks lol

  • Chip

    Saw a great tweet from Mr. Greenberg stating:

    “Dustin Penner shoots from an average of 28.3 ft. away. Only current #Caps winger (min 100 shots) closer is Ward (27.1).”

    It’ll be nice to have someone else hopefully crashing the net.

  • OlietheGoalie

    I like the guy a lot so far.

  • OlietheGoalie

    What they said.

  • Seth Winship

    I like the attitude and the determination. Now bring it to the ice. And bring it to the penguins. Those are two games we must win. No more losses to the ice chickens.

  • Julie Fainberg

    Julie likey

  • Troy

    Yes and no. Remember that (for some reason) Perreault was considered less talented that Mojo. This means that GMGM would have had to smartly let Mojo go for the same pick, then traded it back for Penner to allow the Capitals to have Perreault and Penner to succeed. Since Mojo is still on the roster, they will fail.

    Only solution = Holts/Neuvy + Mojo for Halak + a pick

  • Troy

    pawn off salary trades, actually. Not many 4th rounders have made a consistent & big difference for a team (assuming it is an entry draft and not a draft after a lockout.)

  • Troy

    6’1″ Backy = no net crashing in a 5v5 scenario
    6’3″ Ovi = minimal net crashing (some net front tips is all)
    6’4″ Penner = THE net fuckin’ crasher. Get used to a lefty crashing harder than Knoobs.

  • Troy

    next year, man. Next year…