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Pens’ Dupuis can’t feel repaired knee, eager to start season

Sep 4, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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Pascal Dupuis is itchy to start a new season with the Pittsburgh Penguins even if he can’t totally feel his right knee.

Dupuis saw last season cut short after he tore the ACL in his right knee. Now he’s back on the ice preparing for the new season and as Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shared, there were some lingering effects from the operation.

“My skin, I don’t have any sensation anymore, on the front, because they cut all the nerves and everything,” Dupuis said Wednesday.

“When I have my equipment on, I’m fine because when I fall, I feel [the shin pad hitting the ice]. But if I don’t have anything on [the knee] and I go to kneel down, I have to think about where I’m at physically, because I don’t feel it when my knee goes down.”

Well that sounds horrible.

While Dupuis injured his knee just before Christmas in 2013, he had his ACL operated on in February. He hasn’t been cleared for contact yet, but hopes to be ready to go soon.

Before he went out, he had seven goals and 20 points in 39 games for the Pens and was the glue on the first line at right wing next to Sidney Crosby. After his injury, a slew of players attempted to fill his skates and failed to keep up. His return to action could be a big lift for Sid and the Pens.

  1. claysbar - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    The worst this guy can do is go back to being a third liner and actually make the Pens a better team, depth wise.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Duper is should start the year on the third line, however though he should still play on Crosbys line but only at specific times.

    • claysbar - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      I agree. Finally give Sutter a relatively steady linemate.

  3. c9castine - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    like the guy up there said, duper is extremely valuable as he either plays a role on the first line supporting sid and scoring 20 goals or he makes us very deep and skilled and scores 15 on the 3rd line and does a lot more than that.

    gonna be good to have him back feel like its been forever since i watched him play.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I would like to see him on the third line because I think his game would mesh really well with Sutter, giving the Pens strong pairings on each of the first three lines (Crosby – Kunitz, Malkin – Hornqvist,), but I wonder who would play with Sid then. Bennett? Downie maybe?

  4. polishblue - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    tore my ACL too and I know what he’s talking about. They make a 3-5 inch opening at the bottom of your kneecap to pull and make a graft (new ACL). The scar stays forever but for the first 2 years after surgery, my knee was still numb…at least the skin around the scar. Being a NYR fan and someone whose gone through the same thing, I wish him the best…wish we kept him for more than 6 games too.

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