Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 NHL Free Agents - Pascal Dupuis

Pascal Dupuis is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2013, if not re-signed earlier by the Pittsburgh Penguins or any other NHL team.  According to capgeek.com, Dupuis is at the end of a 2 year contract worth $1.5 million per season.

Dupuis has always been a goal scorer.   But his play has certainly surprised some in the 2012-13 season.  Through 32 games, Dupuis has notched 15 goals.  Sure, it doesn't hurt that his teammate leads the NHL in assists, far and away.  But Dupuis has 8 of those as well.

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI
2000-01 21 MIN 4 1 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 8 12.5 15:36
2001-02 22 MIN 76 15 12 27 11 -10 16 10 3 2 0 154 9.7 15:08
2002-03 23 MIN 80 20 28 48 19 17 44 14 6 0 4 183 10.9 17:30
2003-04 24 MIN 59 11 15 26 10 5 20 9 2 0 1 127 8.7 15:48
2005-06 26 MIN 67 10 16 26 10 -10 40 6 4 0 2 151 6.6 16:30
2006-07 27 TOT 71 14 5 19 9 -17 42 10 2 2 1 156 9.0 15:32
2006-07 27 MIN 48 10 3 13 6 -7 38 6 2 2 0 106 9.4 15:07
2006-07 27 NYR 6 1 0 1 1 -4 0 1 0 0 0 10 10.0 15:30
2006-07 27 ATL 17 3 2 5 2 -6 4 3 0 0 1 40 7.5 16:44
2007-08 28 TOT 78 12 15 27 11 0 32 9 0 3 1 143 8.4 15:12
2007-08 28 ATL 62 10 5 15 7 -4 24 7 0 3 1 111 9.0 14:46
2007-08 28 PIT 16 2 10 12 4 4 8 2 0 0 0 32 6.3 16:50
2008-09 29 PIT 71 12 16 28 11 1 30 12 0 0 2 145 8.3 14:13
2009-10 30 PIT 81 18 20 38 15 5 16 18 0 0 5 157 11.5 14:11
2010-11 31 PIT 81 17 20 37 15 16 59 13 0 4 3 171 9.9 16:52
2011-12 32 PIT 82 25 34 59 23 18 34 22 0 3 8 214 11.7 16:56
2012-13 33 PIT 32 15 8 23 10 19 22 14 1 0 2 92 16.3 17:31
Career 782 170 189 359 143 44 359 137 19 14 29 1701 10.0 15:52
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2013.

Outlook
It certainly won't hurt Dupuis that he is playing so well in a "contract" year.  Other free agent forwards that the Penguins will have to address include Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke.  That being said, the Penguins are projected to be just over $10 million under the 2013-14 cap.  The Penguins are the class of the Eastern Division at this point.  And possibly the league, along with Chicago and Anaheim.  Don't expect any changes in their lineup with respect to deletions of current starters.  Dupuis will remain with Pittsburgh through the end of the 2012-13 season.  And should remain in the black and gold for the following season with a contract extension.   

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