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Pens’ Dupuis has no doubt he’ll be ready by next season

May 20, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

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While some reflexively blame Sidney Crosby for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ inability to close out the New York Rangers in their second-round series and question any number of other factors, few ask: “What if Pascal Dupuis was in the lineup?” Season-ending surgery cut his 2013-14 campaign short, but the good news is that Dupuis told the team’s website that he’s confident he’ll be ready for the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

In fact, when asked if he’d be ready to start, the 35-year-old winger said he has “no doubt at all” that could happen.

Dupuis’ season-ending procedure happened in February, with a successful surgery prompting an estimated window of recovery at six-to-eight months. He said he’s feeling great about three months into that process.

With that window falling somewhere between August and October, that season-opening goal seems reasonable enough. In fact, he’s not dismissing the possibility of suiting up in training camp, either.

“Obviously it’s a long process, but it’s feeling great,” Dupuis said. “Aiming for six (months). The way it’s feeling right now, it feels great. I’m right on schedule, so it looks good for camp.”

In a way, adding Dupuis back into the mix is almost like acquiring a solid free agent, at least if you’re assessing the Penguins team that lost in the playoffs. Giving Crosby his usual wingers can allow other players to slide into more comfortable spots and possibly improve the team from within.

That doesn’t mean other tweaks aren’t needed, yet it’s an “upgrade” many might overlook.

  1. terrier92 - May 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    His loss was huge for Pens. Underrated player

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      on and off the ice. real important locker room presence and leader.

      there is actually a distinct difference between our season before and after his loss. it was almost two different seasons. granted, there were many more injuries than just his.

  2. bobc74 - May 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Of course, who’s playing for the Pens come October is actually the job of the new GM and coach (new?), not the players.

  3. Stiller43 - May 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    His loss was indeed huge. It somewhat forced geno on to a line with sid when they couldnt find any winger to produce there and basically made the pens into a one trick pony that…wasnt that great at doing the trick….

  4. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    blomfeld ,

    You bleed once a month.

  5. ravanator - May 21, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Penguins, waiting on the edge of their seats for an old, slow, and washed up Dupuis to return next season. Truely pathetic. Cheers!


    • miketoasty - May 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      I know you are just trying to troll, but if you watched any Penguins hockey before Dupuis was injured you probably would have noticed that he is still one of the fastest wingers in the league (Do in part to his off the ice workouts) and in no way is he washed up, at least when playing with Crosby. Definitely one of the best chemistry lines in the league (Crosby is really able to elevate Kunitz and Dupuis but they also know where to go to help him out).

      Let’s not also forget that Dupuis is usually the one to stick up for Crosby when needed, which could have really been useful versus head hunter Staal.

    • pjblake2redwings - May 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      did you just hashtag washington is hockeytownusa? bhaha how many times does Ovi have his name engraved on Lord Stanleys Cup?

      Please troll. If you want to see Hockeytown you can come to DETROIT and see what the real Hockeytown looks like!

    • hockeyfan1701 - May 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM


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