Although Dustin Penner only moved about 40 miles when he left the Los Angeles Kings, he's hoping his return to the Anaheim Ducks is also a trip back in time.
After 2 1/2 low-scoring seasons with the Kings, the left wing is eager to regain his elite goal-scoring form in Anaheim, where he began his NHL career and won his first Stanley Cup title in 2007.
Six years after he left the Ducks for a lucrative offer sheet in Edmonton, Penner eagerly seized the chance to return to Anaheim as a free agent. He didn't even hesitate to jump the median in the Freeway Faceoff rivalry, acknowledging he'll always have a special affinity for the Orange County club - even when he's wearing his Kings championship ring.
''I didn't know how strong the rivalry was until I crossed over, back to the dark or light side, depending on which side of the ledger you're on,'' Penner said Wednesday when the Ducks reported to training camp. ''It's pretty interesting and comical. People were calling me a traitor, bu...