In the most recent episode of the TV series, Oil Change, head coach Tom Renney is at the Edmonton Oilers' trade-deadline-day headquarters on his cellphone telling Dustin Penner that he's been moved.

"Pens ... Tom here. Good and bad news," said Renney.

The bad news was Penner was leaving the Oilers after almost four years.

The good news was he was on his way back to southern California, where he has a home in Los Angeles and won a Stanley Cup ring with the Anaheim Ducks. It's also where his new wife, an actress, has worked.

Indeed, it couldn't have been a better trade scenario for the left-winger, who will be on the Los Angeles Kings' first line with Michael Handzus and Oscar Moller when he returns to Rexall Place to play his old team on Tuesday night.

The Kings are trying to cope in the playoff race without their best player, Anze Kopitar, who broke his ankle on Saturday. With the No. 1 centre Kopitar (73 points) and front-line winger Justin Williams (57) banging up his shoulder in the last week, Los Angeles will be leaning heavily on Penner, another former Oilers winger Ryan Smyth, and captain Dustin Brown to get them through the last two weeks of the regular season.

Penner has had trouble scoring (just two goals) since he was traded, but does have six points in 12 games with the Kings.

"We went through a significant amount of time where people thought Dustin might get moved and we had fun with it in the dressing room," said Renney. "When I made the call to him and told him it was for real, we kind of chuckled.

"He's a good man. He handled it really well. He was very complimentary of our efforts, trying to help him be a player and what his requirements were as a teammate," said Renney, "and he did everything he could to help us.

"At the end of the day, he's got a real good opportunity to be a playoff player and do some serious damage there."

Renney leaned on Penner for close to 20 minutes a game, on the power play, taking some faceoffs and killing some penalties, along with his regular shift.