View Full Version : What's Ahead for Pens without Dupuis

11-19-2014, 05:43 PM
Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will be out for at least the next six months while he takes blood thinners to combat a blood clot in his lung. The Pens unfortunately have grown accustomed to dealing with such scenarios regarding their team.

The teamís first concern is with Dupuisí health and his family.

But for general manager Jim Rutherford, associate GM Jason Botterill and head coach Mike Johnston, their job is to fill the void left by Dupuis.

Hereís how Dupuisí absence will affect the team.

Dupuis will be on blood thinners for at least the next six months. That means he cannot participate in any type of contact sport that may cause bleeding. However, he can remain active by working out and keeping his conditioning up.

Six months from now would be mid-May. If the Pens make a deep playoff run and Dupuisí blood clot subsides, there is an outside chance that he could return to the team. That is an optimistic view. In the meantime though, the team has to prepare as if Dupuis is not an option.

Dupuis is a top-6 winger and a member of arguably the best line in hockey with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby. Heís been a highly productive offensive player. Dupuis registered 20 goals in two of the past three seasons Ė the season he didnít was last year when his season was cut short due to an ACL/MCL sprain......

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11-19-2014, 10:51 PM
First thing first, get well Pascal! The season will take care of itself, you take care of yourself.