‘Pascal Dupuis won’t play for us this season,’ Pens confirm

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Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis, who’s been sidelined since November with blood clots, will remain out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, the club confirmed via video message on Monday.

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“Pascal Dupuis won’t play for us this season,” Pens head coach Mike Johnston explained. “There’s a certain timeline where he cannot have contact. Even when he gets beyond that point, where he can have contact, there’s going to be a lot of discussion with doctors.

“That’s better kept for later in the year and offseason, to figure out where he’s at as far as his playing career and being able to rejoin us.”

Pens GM Jim Rutherford is optimistic Dupuis will be able to rejoin the club next season.

“He’s not going to be cleared until June,” Rutherford explained. “I do feel very confident he’ll return to the team next year.”

Related: Dupuis: ‘I will play in the National Hockey League again’