Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Pascal Dupuis will reportedly undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL, and most likely miss the remainder of the season – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Dupuis surgery for torn ACL is in two weeks. Almost definitely out for season.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) December 27, 2013
Dupuis suffered the injury 3:33 minutes into Monday’s game against Ottawa, when Senators’ defenseman Marc Methot knocked captain Sidney Crosby into him and was sequentially helped off the ice. Dupuis almost took Crosby’s skate to his face on the play, but thankfully didn’t; however, the awkward bending of his knee combined with the crash into the end-boards just about ended Dupuis’ season.
If this is the conclusion to Dupuis’ 2013-14 campaign, he played in 39 games, collected 20 points (7G, 13A) and skated to a plus-6 rating.
The devastating news will more than likely spark trade speculation, to which the organization is all too familiar with. Dupuis’ injury also means his $3.75 million salary will come off the payroll – according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – making it a somewhat easier for the team to find a replacement.