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Pascal Dupuis

Dupuis thinks he can play again, but ‘it’s not up to me’


Pascal Dupuis last played on Nov. 15 because of blood clots. He’s made it clear that he intends to play again, but with the Penguins’ playoff run over, he’s waiting to find out what the future holds.

“Well, if you ask me, I thought I was going to play again this year,” Dupuis said when asked if he would return next season. “I’m going to say I’m going to play next year, but it’s not up to me right now.”

The period of time he was scheduled to be on blood thinners is coming to an end. Once that’s done, he can undergo testing to determine if he has a blood disorder.

The good news is that he’s been on the ice a lot lately and has been feeling great. He was even thinking that he might have been able to play in the Stanley Cup Final had Pittsburgh gotten that far.

The Penguins were missing a number of key players by the time the playoffs started and while their battered defense was certainly a primary topic, missing Dupuis hurt them significantly as well. He’s versatile winger that’s capable of playing on one of the Penguins’ top two lines.

You can watch his full cleanout day press conference below:

It’s Done: Rangers eliminate Penguins in overtime


The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers battled fiercely for five games. Each contest was determined by just one goal and the final two went to overtime.

But at the end of the day, the Penguins could only win once and the Rangers officially eliminated them with a 2-1 victory tonight.

Carl Hagelin scored the overtime marker:

This is the sixth straight year Pittsburgh couldn’t get it done in the playoffs. This time around though, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t the story. He did all that could be expected of him in this series, posting a 2.12 GAA and .927 save percentage in five contests.

Instead fingers will likely be pointed at Evgeni Malkin, who fired six shots on goal Friday night but still finished the series without a single point. The Penguins lacked offensive depth in this series as well as Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist accounted for half of Pittsburgh’s eight goals.

At the same time, it would be wrong to ignore the fact that the Penguins were missing defensemen Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff, and Olli Maatta as well as forwards Pascal Dupuis and Beau Bennett due to injuries. That’s a lot of talent to be stuck on the sidelines.

Still, another Penguins season that began with Stanley Cup aspirations is over while the Presidents’ Trophy winning Rangers are moving forward. The Rangers fell in the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. They’re one step closer to getting back there now.

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Pens GM Rutherford isn’t big on votes of confidence

2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7

Doesn’t sound like Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford is ready to give his head coach, Mike Johnston, a vote of confidence —  but it’s not because he doesn’t like Johnston.

Rutherford just doesn’t like votes of confidence.

“I’ve heard that term because I follow sports, but I don’t like it. You can say you give a guy a vote of confidence, but it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans,” Rutherford said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “[Johnston’s] done a good job under difficult circumstances and still has gotten us to 96 points and given us a chance to get into the playoffs here in the last couple of games.”

Johnston’s job security has been a hot topic of late as the Penguins, 3-8-2 in their last 13, trend towards a once-unthinkable collapse; they were 10 points clear of the final wild card spot at the beginning of March, neck-and-neck with the Rangers and Isles for top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

But things, they have changed.

Injuries and poor health have besieged the team, especially on defense, which is perhaps why Rutherford wasn’t prepared to throw Johnston under the bus. The first-time NHL head coach had the Pens playing some very impressive hockey early — Pittsburgh had just nine regulation losses over the first three months of the season — and, to be fair, there aren’t many clubs that could withstand 333 man-games lost (fifth-most in the NHL) and the types of ailments Pittsburgh suffered: Olli Maata had cancer, Pascal Dupuis had blood clots and five different players were infected with the mumps.

Still, one has to wonder if Johnston will be turfed should the Penguins miss the dance, simply because he and the club would fall remarkably short of their goals. He arrived on the job talking like the postseason was a given; his aim was to win another championship.

“The bottom-line expectation for me is that, from training camp through the first part of the season, everything we do is setting the table for the playoffs,” he said upon getting hired. “The score is relevant, but it’s not as relevant as the habits that we are going to have to make us successful in the playoffs.

“This is a group that wants to win. They’ve won the Stanley Cup, and I believe they want to do it again.”