General manager Ray Shero remembers sitting in Boston's press box when the biggest name from his biggest trade, Marian Hossa, sustained a possibly serious knee injury during his first game with the Penguins.
Shero's initial thought: “Oh, my God, we just gave up a ton for Pascal Dupuis.”
Hossa recovered, yet spent only a few months with the Penguins before moving on. Five years later, he remains a star.
Dupuis, the less-heralded player acquired in that February 2008 trade with the Atlanta Thrashers, has transformed himself from an ordinary role player into something much more.
“Pascal might laugh at that story now,” Shero said.
Dupuis is the jovial type, but he also takes his career seriously. And he turns serious when the topic of finishing his career with the Penguins is mentioned.
There is no hesitation.
“Yes,” Dupuis said. “That is absolutely what I want.”
Dupuis becomes a free agent this summer. He is earning $1.5 million this season and, though he turns 34 in April, is playing the best hockey of his career.
He scored 22 even-strength goals last season. Only 24 NHL players scored more, and Dupuis accomplished this despite playing only a handful of games with center Sidney Crosby, who missed 60 games because of a concussion.
Dupuis also has developed into one of the Penguins' best penalty killers, and he is a trusted locker room presence.
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