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Penner returns to Ducks

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Free-agent Dustin Penner is back with the Anaheim Ducks, signing a one-year, $2 million contract with his former team on Tuesday.

Penner left after the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 when he received a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers.

More recently, Penner played for the Los Angeles Kings after he was acquired at the trade deadline in 2011. He scored 11 points during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012, but his production fell off to two goals and 12 assists last season and the Kings did not have the salary-cap room to bring him back.

In Anaheim, the 30-year-old Penner will reunite with former Ducks teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"Dustin has had great success playing with Getzlaf and Perry, and hopefully that chemistry is still there," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. "He's motivated and excited to be back. If he plays on the first line, that would be nice to give us some stability at that position."

En route to the Stanley Cup in 2007, Penner had 29 goals as part of the high-scoring Ducks line with Getzlaf and Perry.

"I'm excited about having a chance to play with those guys again," Penner said. "We'll all big guys that can control the puck down low. Obviously, it's been a while, and hopefully there's a chance for us to rekindle that chemistry that we used to have, but they got a lot of really good players on the Ducks. They were a tough team last year. I like the situation I'm walking into."
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