The Pittsburgh Penguins have a handful of unrestricted free agents to decide on — but the one player they’ll probably focus on reattaining is winger Pascal Dupuis.
Dupuis, 34, has been a colossal discovery since arriving to Pittsburgh in 2008 and is a mainstay on the first line with number-87.
And although many think re-signing Norris finalist Kris Letang would be the next task following the extension of Evgeni Malkin — salary cap issues (and depth) might turn the Pens attention to Dupuis first.
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently reported that Dupuis and his representatives met with Pens management on June 20th.
Although no deal was presented, both parties were noted to have felt content about their future discussions together.
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) June 20, 2013
A prominent figure in the Pens locker room, Dupuis’ performance has made Pittsburgh fans forget about Marian Hossa (who was main reason they got Dupuis).
In 379 regular-season games with the Pens, Dupuis has amassed 212 points (94G, 118A). And in 76 postseason games, Dupuis’ recorded 33 points (14G, 19A), while also helping Pittsburgh capture the cup in 2009.
Just this past year, Dupuis led the entire team with a plus-31 rating and 29 takeaways during the regular-season. He finished the 2012-13 campaign with 38 points (20G, 18A).
Trying to keep the first-line chemistry intact, Dupuis might be as good as signed in the upcoming weeks for Pittsburgh.
Let’s see how General Manager Ray Shero handles the situation knowing the players he must deliberate.