Following their successful attempt to extend defenseman Kris Letang, the Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly inked beloved forward Pascal Dupuis to a new four-year contract Tuesday night.
The new agreement will pay Dupuis an average of $3.75 million annually ($15 million) and is set to expire after the 2016-17 season.
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Although some might have speculated Dupuis would no longer be a Penguin’ due to the massive contracts handed out to three of their key players (Kunitz, Malkin, Letang) — “Duper,” is back on board.
Leading the entire NHL with a plus-31 rating, Dupuis played in every one of the Pens games last season (63) — scoring a total of 49 points (27G, 22A) in the process.
A forechecking machine, number-9 finished the regular-season ranking sixth amongst the team forwards with 83 hits and led the way with 29 forced turnovers.
Acquired via the Marian Hossa trade in 2008, Dupuis — who was perceived as a throw-in — has shown his worth with the Pens organization over the last six seasons.
Helping Pittsburgh capture the Stanley Cup in 2009, Dupuis has become captain Sidney Crosby’s go-to guy on the top line next to forward Chris Kunitz.
In 379 career regular-season contests with the Pens, Dupuis has amassed 212 points (94G, 118A) and in 76 postseason games he’s logged 33 points (14G, 19A).
The next goal for Pittsburgh is most likely to re-sign penalty killing mastermind Craig Adams.
But now that both Letang and Dupuis are locked up — Pens fans can now breathe a little sigh of relief.