Dustin Penner is taking a Zen-like approach to his benching.
Naturally, he's not happy about being a healthy scratch for the last three games and quite possibly a fourth tonight, when the Kings play host to the Nashville Predators. He wasn't about to sound off publicly about it when approached by reporters after Wednesday's practice, however.
The left winger actually laughed when asked how he was dealing with his recent demotion.
"It's fine," Penner said. "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."
Penner smiled when asked if all the extra post-practice skating has been getting old.
"You're entitled to your own opinion," he told a reporter.
"I'm enjoying it," he added, smiling and chuckling. "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 (explain further)."
Penner said his relationship with Kings coach Darryl Sutter is just fine.
"It's not like we're avoiding each other in the halls," he said.
Asked about his marching orders from Sutter, Penner said, "Just be ready."
Kings winger Dustin Penner takes healthy approach to recent scratchings
L.A. Daily News | Jan 31