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Pascal Dupuis wants to remain a Penguin

Jun 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

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This summer could be filled with a lot of change for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but there’s one soon-to-be free agent who doesn’t want to leave.

Forward Pascal Dupuis spoke with reporters at today’s locker clear-out and said he’d ideally like to stay with the team as Joe Starkey of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh shares.

“Obviously, I want to stay a Pittsburgh Penguin,” Dupuis said. “I’ve said before, my wife and my kids love it around here. I have friends away from the hockey world that I want to be part of their life still.”

The catch for him is that he’s due for a raise and the Penguins could be facing salary cap problems with the upper limit coming back down to $64.3 million. He’s been one of Pittsburgh’s steadiest players the past few seasons and scored 20 goals during the shortened 2013 season. He had a career-high 25 last year.

Dupuis had a cap hit of $1.5 million the past two seasons but after how he’s played that should jump quite a bit. With $56.4 million against the cap already committed to 18 players next season is there room to bring him back? That’s a tough question for GM Ray Shero.

  1. jonkchar - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    there should be a channel that just plays Dupuis interviews and highlights

  2. antmel30 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    If he is smart he will stay in pitt. He benefits from playing with Crosby. I can’t see him being as productive on another team. In my opinion I wouldn’t over pay for this guy if I were other gms. He is a role player benefiting from a superstar.

    • orangandblack - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      No, if he is smart he would chase the money! Isn’t that what anyone would do, including you and I? I do agree that he is not as good as his numbers suggest, that he is benefiting from the tremendous talent around him. But he is 34, this is going to be his last “big deal” before just signing 1 years deals with various teams and his career ends. So the smart decision is to sucker another team into thinking you can score 25 goals without sid, and get paid! You can always buy new friends Pascal

    • killerpgh - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      A lot of people think Dupuis numbers are inflated by playing with Crosby and there is probably some truth to that. But last year when Crosby only played 22 games Dupuis had he best offensive season (25 goals and 34 assists) of his 12 year career.

      • orangandblack - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        Good point, you should be his agent. All you have to do is make that pitch to the other 29 gm’s in the league and let the bidding start

  3. pensman29 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I would give him 2 year 5 million

  4. Stiller43 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    If he wants to remain in pittsburgh, what he has to do is pretty simple!!! Stay at or very near your current salary!

    If you want to go for a money grab based on your inflated numbers from playing with crosby, you can go ahead and do that (even as a pens fan, i wouldnt blame you)…

    But we’ll see how much he wants to remain a pen when negotiations start!

    • 19to77 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      You Pens fans keep trying to brush off his success and write it off as the Crosby effect, but his best numbers came playing when Sid was out almost the entire year. They click, definitely, but he was excellent without Crosby and will continue to be if he moves on. Either way, $1.5m isn’t even remotely close to fair value for his production, particularly when you consider he’s one of the only decent two-way forwards on the team.

      • gm4602009 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        All we are saying is take the money…go with a team that has no system….a less than average center…and see what happens to your numbers. You really think that if he goes to Jersey he will have the same production because he is just that good??? (and I love the guy) You need to be real. He is not just leaving crosby!

  5. claysbar - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    3 years, 9 million. Doubles up his current salary and gives him some “long term” stability right up to the point where he either hangs em’ up or is a year or two away.

  6. lavaristheman - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Super Duper will get a modest raise and remain with the pens. He knows his stats last year were more of an anomaly. He’s very consistent but hes not a 30 goal scorer and can’t demand the money for a 30 goal scorer. Look for him to make 2 maybe 2.5 mil next season and remain with the pens! Keep in mind paul martin is on the last year of an inflated contract and will probably either be cut or reworked creating a significant amount of cap space.

    • killerpgh - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      You can’t reworks contacts in the NHL.

  7. nesuperfan - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    With the team salary cap coming down by $10M, there are going to be a lot of guys due raises (think Nathan Horton after this playoff run), but very few teams will have the cap space to even sign them. Expect a lot of one-year contracts since the players will not be getting the money they feel they deserve.

  8. blueballzny - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I am not an avid hockey fan, but I am a very big Islander fan. I watched every minute of the Islander-Penguins series and can say without a doubt that Dupuis was an absolute Islander killer. I would love to see him playing next to Tavares for the next 3 years, and we’ve got more than enough money to make it happen.

    • letsgopens8771 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Sorry, not happening.

  9. johnnyd76 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    PENS should keep Pascal if the salary he seeks is reasonable – He does indeed deserve a raise.

    He has been one of the very few Penguins who has been consistent all year long. He also reminds me of Max Talbot, as his work ethic and hard play encourages those players around him.

  10. letsgopens8771 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Duper Star is perhaps my favorite Penguin. He has a very consistent and established work ethic and puts in 150% effort every game. He is like a fine wine, gets better with age. The way I see it, Duper is THE TOP PRIORITY this offseason, not Overrated Iggy, Jussless Jokinen, Morrow, or even Crankshaft (Pens won’t be able to keep Murray anyway because the Cap comes down and Dumb Dan is all offense and no defense). It would be such a shame to lose Dupuis. Pay him what he wants.

  11. malkinrulez - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Hope Duper stays but has earned a big pay day. I can’t be mad at a guy for getting paid. Duper will succeed wherever he goes , very skilled player.

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