Jun 2, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) tries to settle the puck for a shot against Chicago Blackhawks players Jonathan Toews (19) , Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) and Corey Crawford (50) during the second period in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links

Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.

Serve up the flapjacks, Dustin Penner is coming back to Duckland:

Dustin Penner never fully wanted to leave the Anaheim Ducks in the first place. He had just won the Stanley Cup and was part of one of the more exciting lines in the NHL with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Even after he left Anaheim in 2007 to sign an offer sheet with the Edmonton Oilers, he maintained a friendship with his former teammates and was often seen joking with Getzlaf outside the dressing room after games against his old team. Penner even kept his Newport Beach residence, just down the freeway from Honda Center. During the lockout last fall and winter, Penner wore a Ducks jersey when he worked out at Anaheim’s practice facility.

In their quest to find ALL of the Staals to form some kind of Staal Jaeger, the Hurricanes have signed the youngest, Jared, to a one-year deal:

The right winger will make $550,000 on the NHL level or $60,000 in the minor leagues this season.

The 22-year-old Staal is the younger brother of team captain Eric Staal and forward Jordan Staal.

Head nod and stick-tap to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team has hired recently retired Blake Geoffrion, who retired due to head trama, as a team scout:

Former Montreal forward Blake Geoffrionhas been hired as a scout by the Columbus Blue Jackets a day after he announced his retirement from the NHL at age 25.

Geoffrion, the grandson of former Canadiens star Bernie Geoffrion and great-grandson of Howie Morenz, left the game due to lingering effects of a skull fracture and concussion sustained during an American Hockey League game in November.

Lastly, TSN’s Adam Proteau takes a look at the job being done in Big D this summer:

When the Dallas Stars failed to make the playoffs in 2012-13 – the fifth such result in the past five seasons – owner Tom Gaglardi had seen enough. He fired head honcho Joe Nieuwendyk and coach Glen Gulutzan and hired longtime – and long coveted – Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill to oversee on-ice operations as the team’s new GM.

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