"You know what, I kind of like it because I think he was tied to Edmonton, and I do like that. My experience is when you get guys like that, it means they were loyal to their team. Eventually, you want them to be that for you, so if a guy is a little hurt by it, in my experience, that's a good thing. Now, it's our job to get him in here and be part of the family, and hopefully he'll bleed your colors like he was bleeding for the other team. I kind of like it when a guy is hurt. I don't mean that in an evil sense, obviously he was passionate about his colors."
--Dean Lombardi, General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings on Dustin Penner's loyalty to the Edmonton Oilers
Even though the local media was quick to proclaim Dustin Penner re-signing in Edmonton as an impossibility, and fans of the deal talked about how "happy" he was to leave to be with his "Hollywood wife", unbiased observers saw the sincerity in Penner's words during his press conference. Dean Lombardi saw that sincerity and more. He may not have cried like Ryan Smyth, but it's worth remembering that Penner came to Edmonton by his own choice and was noticeably upset to leave, even to go to a contender, and the man who traded for him noticed how much he liked the Oilers.