Letang cleared for workouts, Dupuis still being assessed

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The Pittsburgh Penguins got some good news about Kris Letang (concussion), but Pascal Dupuis’ future is still hazy, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Letang has gotten the OK to participate in workouts without any restrictions. That doesn’t mean he’s fully recovered, but he might be 100% by the time training camp starts. A healthy Letang is naturally a very big asset for Pittsburgh. He had 11 goals and 54 points in 69 games while averaging 25:29 minutes per contest in 2014-15.

Getting Pascal Dupuis back would be a big deal as well, but the 36-year-old forward’s future is still very much in question. He hasn’t played since Nov. 15 because he was diagnosed with a blood clots. He’s been skating for months now and the Penguins hope to know more about his availability soon.

“The next step is, there are certain medications you can go on that may allow you to play, or may not allow you to play,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said.

“That’s the next step now, to see if there’s a medication that gives him enough recovery time that he’s available to play every day. That’s what we’re waiting to see.”

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