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02-20-2013, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by vikingGoalie View Post
we do realize that Dupuis is huge for us on the PK right?
That's on top of the 20G he might get in a 48 games.

The biggest pre-requisite to be on Sid's line is to be able to skate like the wind, Dupuis brings that.

There is no way we can bring someone in to give us what Dupuis gives us for 2M a year, we would easily spend 3M a year or more unless it was an reclamation project that worked out.

That said, it is fairly likely that Pascal's next contract is his last. If someone throws a significant number of millions extra at him it will be hard to turn that down. He has family in Pitt, but this is his last contract to help setup his nest egg to support that family for the rest of his life.
I don't think that anyone is suggesting that the Pens can get for 2M anyone who will do what Dupuis does or even about whether the Pens should keep him if he wants to stay at a number like that. But, I do think there's an argument as to what type of top six impact he gives you in the playoffs. In 2008, with an elite winger on the other side, he was a first liner. In 2009, in spite of the limitations on the second line, he was a fourth liner. Since then, he's been top six on a team that's won one playoff round in three years (for reasons that go well beyond where Dupuis plays, of course).

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