Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Difficulty with re-signing Dupuis
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: ESPN Insider Craig Custance suggests (below) the Montreal Canadiens and Pascal Dupuis might be a good match if the UFA-to-be forward doesn't re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
*** With Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, and Kris Letang (reportedly), locked in long-term, the re-signing of UFA-to-be Pascal Dupuis emerges as a perceived priority for the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, negotiations with the veteran forward don't seem to be going all that well at present. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
"... Dupuis is likely not to sign with the Penguins before the window that allows players to speak with other clubs prior to the start of free-agent season. Dupuis is a top-line winger who has averaged 20 goals the last four seasons, but he and the Penguins are not close on years or annual salary. Shero and Dupuis' agent, Allan Walsh, met Friday and talked Saturday. Dupuis is one of seven players that can become an unrestricted free-agent on Friday. He can begin interviewing with other teams Wednesday ..."
Even though cap space is an issue for the Penguins, there's the feeling term is the greater sticking point. While Dupuis re-signed for two years (total: $3 million) in June, 2011, you can bet the 34-year-old would prefer a lengthier deal, along with a raise. And there will be plenty of interest in Dupuis as a free agent from around the league.
Craig CustanceHabs may give Dupuis a shout
"... Dupuis may have priced himself right out of a great situation playing with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh with a big season last year. Dupuis had 20 goals in 48 games and did a majority of his damage at even strength. Just two of his goals came on the power play. Dupuis is a locker room glue guy, a fantastic skater and a standout on the penalty kill. It'd be easy to imagine a fit in Montreal for the Quebec native if Dupuis leaves the Penguins ..."