Here’s how the Dustin Penner situation has played out. In Philadelphia, Penner played approximately five minutes, and after the game Terry Murray said Penner had suffered a “contusion” but was fine. Today, Penner came out for practice but left 20 minutes into the 60-minute session. Below, Murray gives an update. How much reading between the lines would you like to do? It’s interesting — at least I thought so — to note how Murray described Penner’s condition, as he noted that Penner had been “reassured” by multiple people that the knee is fine. Murray said he did not yet know whether Penner would be able to play tomorrow night.
MURRAY: “There’s nothing I can tell you right now. There’s no report from our doctor (right now). It’s what I said in Philadelphia. It’s a contusion on his knee. When he had the fight, he fell. That’s what it is. He went to get it checked out by the doctor and see if there’s anything further on that.”
Question: But the plan was for a full practice from him, right?
MURRAY: “The plan was full practice. There was nothing, before the practice, to lead me to believe there was going to be anything different than that. Obviously it’s bothering him. He’s been reassured by the doctor in Philadelphia and the training staff here, but something is on his mind so we sent him to our team doctor.”