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GM Shero: Dupuis injury would hurt more after trade deadline

Dec 27, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins might have lost forward Pascal Dupuis for the rest of the season due to a knee injury that requires surgery.

He was part of the Penguins top line and had 20 points in 39 games. He also got regular minutes while the team was killing penalties.

So this is a loss that will be felt by Pittsburgh, but at least the timing of Dupuis’ injury gives them an opportunity to adjust.

“If this injury happens after the trade deadline, it’s much more of a problem,” Penguins GM Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.

The Penguins aren’t likely to be nearly as bold as they were around the deadline last season when they acquired Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow, and Jussi Jokinen, but losing Dupuis gives them extra motivation make a significant move.

In the meantime though, the Penguins still have plenty of weapons.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    We need to find a solid 3rd line player or possibly 4th line that can give us depth in scoring and is able to kill penalties. As for someone to replace Duper on Crosbys line that’s a tough one. I’d love for the Pens to find the next James Neal or Chris Kunitz but who that would be or is…is tough to say. I don’t have much hope for Bennett. He’s a kid who hasn’t really played a full season of hockey in college, minors, or pro. Yeah Beau hasnt had much of an opportunity I understand but when he’s been given the opportunity to play with either Sid or Malkin he hasn’t truly shined in my books.

    • jaybaileys - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      I think Beau needs to get in the weight room. Looks like he could put on about 10 15 lbs of muscle than maybe he can handle the NHL. Just not durable but tons of talent if he ever puts it all together.

  2. kp20520 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    In your eyes or your book?

    Bennett will kill once he gets comfortable.

    We’ll find out what teams are looking to dump players over the next month or so and Shero will make moves. He had to replace Duper sooner than later, might as well move a guy like Doumlin, Despres, or even Niskanen now. Niskanen would fetch a pretty solid top 6 forward, a package including another prospect and maybe a pick would get a big return!

    • dirt2013 - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      Looking to replace Duper? He is in the 1st year of a 4 year contract which tells me they were not ready to replace him.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Despres would be traded…Doumlin is very high in the Pens books and Niskanen is a right handed d who can play either sided and is a solid top 4 fill in for an injury

  4. kp20520 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    He’ll be 35 coming off an ACL, I’m sure he’ll come back and be fine, but maybe 3rd line fine. Letang, Martin, Scuderi, orpik, niskanen, maata, engelland, Despres, bortuzzo, Doumlin, Samuelson – gotta move some of that to get someone.

  5. secampb1 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I think they should trade for setogucci and move holiness to the top line

    • secampb1 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      *Jokinen

  6. kp20520 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Hey can do better than Setogucci. How bout niskanen and Doumlin for yakupov or one of the other Edmonton youth?

  7. claysbar - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Bortuzzo, Pouliot and a conditional 2nd for Moulson

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