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Report: Gap remains between Dupuis, Penguins

Jul 1, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t ceased their efforts to re-sign forward Pascal Dupuis, but the two sides aren’t close to agree to terms, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Dupuis’ two-year, $3,000,000 contract is expiring and he will become an unrestricted free agent Friday unless the talks pick up steam. It’s believed that he’s looking for a sizable raise after recording 59 points in 82 games in 2011-12 and 38 points in 48 contests last season.

“He’s an important piece of our team that I’d like to have back,” Penguins GM Ray Shero told the team’s website. “The money and the term have to fit both parties. We’re still not there yet. We’ll continue to work on it. We’d like to have him back, if at all possible.”

The issue hanging over their heads is cap space. Pittsburgh has a little under $8 million left for next season, according to Cap Geek with just 18 players on their 2013-14.

That’s actually not too bad, but compounding the problem is the fact that they’ve already committed to giving Evgeni Malkin a decent raise in 2014-15 and are projected to hand Kris Letang a huge pay increase. Even if you assume that the cap is increasing, it would be risky for the Penguins to sign another player to a significant long-term contract.

That consideration could ultimately lead to Dupuis hitting the free agent market.

  1. cheesesteak75 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    He’s a great player to have, but not at the price he will be able to get.

  2. hockey412 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    This is why I just can’t see the Letang deal being possible. The cap goes up after this year, and hell in 7-8 years it’s possible that 7.25M looks like a bargain. But even if Dupuis goes, they are going to need a wing…they got a bargain with him the past couple years but are they really going to find another one? Letang’s still on the cheap this year, but getting another first-line UFA here on a one-year deal? I don’t see it.

    I hate to see any of those guys go – and I don’t envy Shero this summer – but I’m really curious as to what it will all look like next October!

  3. DED - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Iginla was a $7 million cap hit and Morrow a $4.1 million cap hit last year. Iginla turns 36 today and Morrow is 34. I don’t see either one staying with the team at those prices for guys their age. I think Pitt lets them walk unless they’re willing to come down in price.

    • stakex - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      I think its wishful thinking that there is even a chance they stay with the Pens. Odds are both with want longer deals to take them through the end of their careers, and the Pens have absolutely no cap space for such deals past this season (If the Letang deal goes through). I mean maybe one of them would be willing to take a one year deal, but I doubt it very much.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        neither SHOULD be back but if either did i would think iginla would be the guy. morrow was in the doghouse for a few games in the playoffs and he ended up getting very little time when he was out there, i dont see much to warrant keeping him even though he would be the cheaper of the 2 guys. iginla wont get his 7 mill per year he’s used to anywhere but he might take a cut to go to a contender. i still dont think the pens can responsibly sign him even at 4 or 5 million for 1 year.

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    if they pull the ridiculous offer to letang, this isnt even a concern in the future. no way beau bennett can play dupuis’s minutes on the pk, not to mention if they lose cooke that will then leave 2 holes on the pk. dont know why this is an issue, dupuis is way too valuable to lose. iginla wont be back, kennedy is already gone, cooke probably gone, now dupuis on the verge. i dont know where shero expects to find all these forwards, especially when there arent many in the system that are ready for the big show full time. but hey at least they signed zolnierczyk

  5. jonkchar - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    we need to get Letang somewhere else

  6. steelers88 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Has Shero lost it! Why is he willing to overpay for Letang and not Dupuis? Letang is a offensive defenseman he is one dimensional he can’t even play defense plus the Penguins have the most defensive depth in probably the whole league. So Shero is going to give away a at least two wingers who they can’t replace because they don’t have any prospects in the system!

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      You should stop pretending and go away. It’s sad.

  7. ju8686 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Letang is going to cost the Pens more than just his salary. Because of Shero caving like he did very few players will back of their demands and only fringe guys will bother with the “hometown discount”. Ray has done a great job, but set a bad precedent with this signing.

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      He hasn’t signed anything yet. Part of the sticking point, I’ve heard, is that while Letang’s new contract would have a no trade clause (limited), the current one does not. So they could sign him and then trade him later in the year.

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  9. modellforprez - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Not gonna happen Ray Ray. this is whats gonna happen every year when you have a third of your payroll going to 3 players Sid,geno and letang if he resigns. You couldnt get Omar Khan to crunch those #’s then you trade a player like Kennedy who you wouldve needed because your losing Dupuis Cooke iginla morrow. so what are you gonna do ray. make a splash trade like Staalsy that way we can have everything. Pens will be favored to win the cup im sure. but seriously unless you Beefin up that Defense Corp its like Yunev Kessem said “NO SOUP FOR YOU”

  10. jkulha86 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Dupuis has been solid for the Pens, but if you take him off of Crosby’s line I’m pretty sure his stats are much lower.

    • kovodisc - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Plug him on a line with Lucic and Krejci (not that Horton is gone) and I think he can put up some good numbers.

      I’d love to see the Bruins sign him!

      • kovodisc - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        *NOW that Horton is gone

  11. erniecohen - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    what about just giving Dupuis a longer term?

    • erniecohen - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      that is, he is old enough that they can give him a back-loaded contract for 8 years to get the cap hit down

    • hazlydose - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      You can’t make ridiculous loaded contracts anymore. You are only allowed 35% variance in salary in consecutive years and 50% variance from the highest year.

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