Pascal Dupuis isn’t going anywhere. The durable winger signed a two-year deal worth $3 million ($1.5 million cap hit/year) to stay in Pittsburgh, where he’s scored 35 goals over the past two seasons. Good player; good deal for the Pens.
Dupuis is a reliable two-way forward that can play anywhere from the first to fourth line and effectively kill penalties. An afterthought in the Marian Hossa blockbuster deal in 2008, Dupuis has played in 233 regular-season games over the past three full seasons in Pittsburgh. To put it matter-of-factly, Dupuis has been a very important player for the Pens since the deal. He brings a lot to the table in terms of skill – blazing speed and a pretty damn good shot – and his veteran leadership shouldn’t be overlooked. To get a player of Dupuis’ pedigree, versatility and, perhaps more importantly, experience under Dan Bylsma’s system for only $1.5/year has to be considered a good move. Dupuis will play an important role this season, and he gives the team enough cap flexibility to sign another player or two (Tyler Kennedy and Jaromir Jagr, perhaps?).
Civic Arena Dealt Death Blow
The Pittsburgh City Council voted 6-3 to reject a historic designation for the Igloo, a decision that may be the last straw for the old barn. I’ve written extensively on this subject and let my feelings be known in the past (You were once great and served us well, but it’s time to move on.), so this is music to my ears. Save for a miracle appeal, this deal appears to be done. Time for demo…just don’t screw up my evening commute on the HOV lane.