Pascal Dupuis’ future has been uncertain since Nov. 19 when he was diagnosed with a blood clot on his lung, but now the road ahead of him is coming into focus. In addition to working out, he’s been given the green light to start taking contact.
“The blood clot has dissolved, and the doctors have recommended a blood thinner medication that will allow him to play,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said, per the team’s website. “It’s a big step forward for Pascal, and we’re all excited for him.”
Dupuis last played on Nov. 15 due to his condition. He had six goals and 11 points in 16 contests prior to being shutdown. His return would help firm up the Penguins’ top-six as he can be slotted into either Sidney Crosby’s or Evgeni Malkin’s line.
His absence has been felt by the Penguins in each of the last two campaigns as he didn’t play past Dec. 23 during 2013-14 because of a knee injury.
The Arizona Coyotes’ future is once again in question after the City of Glendale voted to terminate its arena-management agreement with the franchise last night.
Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc has vowed to “exhaust any and all legal remedies against the City of Glendale for this blatant violation of its contractual obligations to us.” That includes filing for injunctive relief, according to the team’s website.
On Thursday the NHL issued the following statement, per Fox Sports’ Craig Morgan:
“The National Hockey League stands by, and will fully support the Arizona Coyotes in their efforts to vindicate their contractual rights in response to last night’s outrageous and irresponsible action by the City of Glendale.
“We continue to proceed on the basis that the Coyotes will remain in Glendale and will be playing their home games at Gila River Arena.”
We will have to see how quickly the legal matters unfold. Arizona was in line for a busy summer as the squad needs to spend roughly $19 million just to get to the cap floor (if the ceiling is $71 million). However, if where the team will play in the near future is once again in question, then the Coyotes might have trouble luring free agents.
It looks like the Dallas Stars are ready to part ways with goaltender Jussi Rynnas as he has been placed on unconditional waivers, per Mark Stepneski of the Stars’ official website.
Rynnas signed a two-year, $1,125,000 contract with Dallas in the summer of 2014 after a successful campaign with Karpat of the Finnish league. He spent most of the 2014-15 season with AHL Texas where he posted a 2.53 GAA and .920 save percentage in 39 contests. He also had two appearances with Dallas, but he had a 4.57 GAA and .841 save percentage in those games.
The 28-year-old goaltender has played in five career NHL games and has a 4.18 GAA and .844 save percentage.
Based on a previous report, Rynnas will join Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Major goaltending decisions looming for Stars
The Lahti Pelicans of Finland’s top league announced that they have signed Ryan Potulny.
The 30-year-old forward is a product of the University of Minnesota and was a finalist for the 2005-06 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He recorded 38 goals and 63 points in 41 NCAA contests that season while playing on a team that also featured Phil Kessel, Alex Goligoski, and Blake Wheeler.
The Philadelphia Flyers took him with the 87th overall pick in 2003. He has 22 goals and 49 points in 126 NHL contests with the Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Edmonton Oilers.
At his height, he scored 15 goals and 32 points in 64 games with Edmonton in 2009-10.
He spent the 2014-15 campaign with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, scoring two goals and five points in 25 games.
Adam Oates was linked to the San Jose Sharks back when the head coaching position was still on the table. That job ultimately went to Peter DeBoer, but Oates might still join the Sharks’ staff as an assistant coach, per TSN.
Oates had a 65-48-17 record in two seasons as the bench boss in Washington. He was let go after the Capitals failed to make the playoffs in 2013-14, but joined the New Jersey Devils as a co-coach after DeBoer was fired. Oates has reportedly informed New Jersey that he will not return after missing out on that head coaching job to John Hynes.
As a minor, but interesting side note, Oates once accused Sharks forward Tomas Hertl of disrespecting the league back in 2013 when the then rookie forward scored a between-the-legs goal. That led to Sharks GM Doug Wilson saying that Oates should worry about his own team and not “being a caretaker of the game.”
Oates is a Hall of Famer that recorded 341 goals and 1,420 points during his 1,337-game playing career.