NHL Notebook: Kings bench Penner

NHL Notebook: Kings bench Penner
February 3, 2013, 11:00 am
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Think Darryl Sutter is happy with the slow start of his LA Kings?
 
Just ask Dustin Penner, who was scratched four games in succession going into the weekend.
 
“It's fine,” Penner told the LA Daily News. “It's not something I'm seeking counseling about.
 
“It's part of the business when it's a team-first, win-first organization. I'm waiting like a dog in a car being waiting to be let out. [The window needs to be rolled down] just an inch so I can get my snout out.
 
“I'm enjoying it. I have a new outlook on life. So ... I'm in a good place professionally and mentally. So, it's a lot easier to take this now than it was last year. In my upcoming book I will [elaborate].”
 
Penner is not the first King and he certainly won’t be the last, either. Simon Gagne was benched earlier, too.
 
“I watch how he practices to see his pace and what we're trying to execute,” Sutter said.
 
“And then working him in is no different from Gagne. You break it down by position. There is a one through five position in terms of ratings and how they're performing, and every position there are some guys that are moving up and some guys are moving down. That's the way it works.”
 
Money losers?  
San Jose Sharks majority owner Hasso Plattner said this week that it’s difficult to make money owning an NHL franchise.
 
Not if you’re the Rangers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Flyers … but apparently, it doesn’t hold true  in Northern California.
 
“We are in a solid financial situation,” he told CSNBayArea.com. “You can look me up, so I can guarantee this financial situation. But, that doesn’t mean that we don’t work hard to have a normal business.
 
“You cannot make money with a hockey team. You cannot make money with a hotel, either, and you cannot make money with a golf club. I have all three of them.”
 
Plattner bought out Sharks Sports and Entertainment partners Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos recently.
 
Forbes ranked him as the 127th richest man on the planet with a net worth of $7.2 billion.
 
“We still want to have a championship team and win the Stanley Cup,” Plattner said. “That’s clearly the number one objective of a sports club, otherwise you should not be in the sports business.
 
“The financial situation is not better this year than last year. On the other hand, I said this to the employees, don’t worry. My credit line is good enough, if you look it up.
 
“That doesn’t mean that we spend money foolishly. We have to work hard. Thanks to Kevin and Stratton, they did a lot of improvements. Unfortunately, this situation threw us back a little bit.
 
“We move forward. The biggest surprise, or probably reward, because the team is playing so well – the fans are back from day one. That was a concern in our financial modeling.”

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