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May 3, 2017 05:24 PM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Not eligible for expansion draft
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Dupuis (illness) is exempt from the NHL Expansion Draft, Craig Custance of ESPN reports.

The move, made in agreement with the NHLPA, prevents teams from using their LTIR players in order to reach the minimum exposure requirements. Super Duper has already announced his retirement due to blood clots and will no doubt go down as one of the most beloved Penguins in recent memory.

December 8, 2015 04:08 PM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Done with hockey due to medical condition
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Dupuis will no longer play hockey because of a medical condition related to blood clots.

Dupuis was originally diagnosed with a blood clot in January 2014 after suffering torn ligaments in his knee, and was then prescribed blood thinners for six months while recovering from knee surgery. Doctors then discovered a blood clot in the winger's lung in November 2014, which ultimately forced the 36-year-old forward to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign. Dupuis was cleared to take contact in June, and made his season debut with the Penguins on Oct. 22. Unfortunately, Dupuis had to be removed from several games this season, and was even taken to the hospital on one occasion as a precautionary measure due to symptoms related to his medical condition. "Despite playing on a medical protocol that has worked for other players in the NHL, we feel that the risk of Pascal playing with his condition and the side effects of the tests to monitor him are just not in the best interest of his long-term health," Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, Pittsburgh's team physician, told reporters Tuesday. It's an unfortunate end to an excellent career in which Dupuis racked up 409 points (190 goals, 219 assists) over 871 NHL games spanning 15 seasons with the Wild, Rangers, Thrashers and Penguins, and won a Stanley Cup in 2009 with Pittsburgh. Dupuis will continue to receive the salary he is owed for the last two years of his contract, but will be placed on long-term injured reserve in order to free up cap space and a spot on Pittsburgh's 23-man roster.

December 4, 2015 04:34 PM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Back in Friday's lineup
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Dupuis took part in practice Thursday and is expected to play Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The winger missed the third period of Tuesday's tilt as a precautionary measure to his blood clot issues. Dupuis has scored only four points (2G, 2A) in 16 games and it's beginning to look more and more like 2015-16 will be the 15th-year NHL veteran's last.

November 11, 2015 11:35 AM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Will play Wednesday
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Dupuirs (undisclosed) will play Wednesday against the Canadiens.

Missed each of the last two games after requiring a trip to the hospital last Friday due to an undisclosed issue. However, his absence will end Wednesday, and he's expected to rejoin Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett on the Penguins' top line.

November 9, 2015 02:57 PM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Expects to be ready Wednesday
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Dupuis (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Dupuis was taken to the hospital Friday and underwent further tests Monday, though it's still unclear exactly what he's dealing with. He indicated that everything went well Monday and that the issue is behind him, so he appears set to draw back into the lineup Wednesday after missing two games.

November 6, 2015 08:37 PM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Taken to hospital, won't play Friday
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Dupuis will miss Friday's game after being taken to a hospital for precaution.

Dupuis missed most of last season with a blood clot and it's possible that the 36-year-old may be suffering from another clot. The Pens have won five of six games with Dupuis in the starting lineup.

October 30, 2015 03:19 AM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Gets on scoreboard Thursday
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Dupuis found twine for the first time this season Thursday, potting a goal 56 seconds into a win over the Blackhawks. He added five hits and a plus-2 rating.

Finally, all that time alongside Sidney Crosby is paying off; the assignment didn't produce anything in the last two games, but it's hard to keep Crosby down for too long, and Dupuis was the beneficiary, as he cleaned up the rebound after an outstanding move and shot by the star center.

October 29, 2015 12:59 PM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Searching for production
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Dupuis is still looking for his first point in three games after going scoreless Wednesday in Washington.

He scored a goal Wednesday but only after the play had already been whistled dead following a hand pass. Dupuis is skating with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist and if Crosby ever gets untracked then Dupuis could be in line for his share of points. The forward has slid back into his customary penalty-killing role, finishing second with 3:11 of ice time behind Nick Bonino (3:28).

October 23, 2015 11:29 AM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Dupuis moved to top line Friday
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Dupuis, who saw 12:43 of ice time in his return, skated with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel during Friday's practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The winger went pointless Thursday in a 4-1 loss and bounced around the lines, moving up with Crosby for the third period. Dupuis also led the team in short-handed ice time (2:09). Perhaps most importantly, he suffered no setbacks in his first NHL action since last November. Look for a half-point per-game scoring pace going forward from the 36-year-old.

October 22, 2015 11:17 AM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Set to return to game action
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Dupuis (lower body) will be available for Thursday night's home game against the Stars, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

It's been a long time coming for a Dupuis return, as a blood clot issue and more recently, an injury to his lower body, has kept him off game ice since Nov. 15, 2014. Expect the 36-year-old to reprise his role among the group of bottom-six forwards.

October 21, 2015 11:53 AM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Practices again on Wednesday
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Dupuis (lower body) practiced again on Wednesday, Shelly Anderson reports.

Dupuis hasn't played since Nov. 15, 2014 after discovering blood clots. He's since been cleared to play, but sustained a lower body injury during practice just before the season started. The 36-year-old put up a career-high 59 points in 2011-12, but has scored 69 points total ever since.

October 20, 2015 10:57 AM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Gets more skating in
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Dupuis (lower body) participate in the Pens' morning skate Tuesday, Jason Mackey of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Dupuis has been skating and practicing with the team over the past week, which bodes well for his chance to return to game ice sooner than later. He hasn't played in a game since Nov. 15 of 2014 as he's dealt with blood clots and most recently, a lower-body injury.

October 18, 2015 12:06 PM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Returns to practice
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Dupuis (lower body) returned to practice with the Penguins on Sunday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Triubne-Review reports.

Dupuis remains without a definite timetable for return, but his presence on the ice at practice Sunday could indicate it's not that far off. The veteran winger collected 11 points in 16 games last season, and will look to play a larger portion of games in 2015-16 when healthy.

October 16, 2015 10:50 AM
Penguins' Pascal Dupuis: Takes to the ice Thursday
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Dupuis (lower body) skated with trainers Thursday but isn't expected back until Nov. 3 at the earliest, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Pens coach Mike Johnston cautioned against reading into anything with Dupuis hitting the ice. "If he was with the team," Johnston said, "I would say he's ahead of schedule." Nevertheless, Dupuis skating is a good step for the 36-year-old forward.

October 6, 2015 12:36 PM
Out at least one month with lower-body injury
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Dupuis will be out for at least one month with a lower-body injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Just when Dupuis is said to have put a blood clot issue behind him, this new but apparently unrelated malady crops up. When healthy, the 36-year-old Dupuis should find a place on the team's third line.

October 5, 2015 07:21 PM
Will not play in season opener
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Dupuis (undisclosed) has been ruled out of the Penguins' Thursday night season opener against the Stars, Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.The injury reportedly isn't related to the blood clot issues that plagued Dupuis last season, but is apparently serious enough to hold him out of Thursday's contest. The Penguins should provide further details regarding the 36-year-old winger's status in the coming days.

October 5, 2015 01:20 PM
Absent from practice Monday
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Dupuis (undisclosed) didn't practice Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.It isn't clear whether Dupuis is actually injured or was just given a maintenance day, but his status for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Stars is now up in the air. The team should provide an update on the 36-year-old veteran's status in the coming days.

September 23, 2015 12:00 PM
Pens' Dupuis Skates Without Incident Tuesday
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Dupuis skated just over 16 minutes Tuesday in his first action since missing most of 2014-15 with a potentially life-threatening blood clot.The 36-year-old winger hasn't lost a step but it's doubtful he skates top six with the addition of Phil Kessel -- barring injury. Dupuis is so versatile that it wouldn't be surprising to see him moving up and down lines throughout the season, based on team need. He scored six goals and 11 points in 16 games last year before sitting with the blood clot in his lungs.

September 17, 2015 11:40 AM
Pens' Dupuis Cleared For Camp
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Dupuis (blood clots) has been cleared to fully participate in training camp.Doctors had already given Dupuis clearance to absorb contact in June, so it's no surprise that the Pens' training staff has signed off on the veteran winger's availability. Few NHL players have had as difficult luck on the health front as Dupuis the last two years, as he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in February 2014 and was limited to 16 games in 2014-15 after he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung last November. The winger has been free of the blood clots for several months now, and is expected to resume his career without any further complications. However, now that he's 36 years old and has spent little time on the ice the last two seasons, look for Dupuis to take on a decreased role on the Pens' attack, especially after the team added Phil Kessel, David Perron, Eric Fehr, and Sergei Plotnikov to their forward ranks while Dupuis was out.