Dupuis to have ACL surgery, out for season


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis during a game against the Boston Bruins, March 11, 2012 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Zach Laufer, Staff Writer

Penguins’ RW Pascal Dupuis tore his ACL against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Dec. 23.

Sidney Crosby came down the middle of the ice into the offensive zone. He was hip-checked, sending his lower body airborne. 

Crosby’s right skate came inches away from Dupuis’ face, while the left leg of Crosby came down hard on Dupuis’ entire right leg. His leg buckled, the knee especially. He slid into the boards, writhing in pain.

The news of his torn ACL came days later in a tweet from the Penguins’ official twitter feed, @penguins.

To fill the vacancy, the Pens have used James Neal and Joe Vitale, among others thus far. And with Dupuis’ cap hit of $3.75 million coming off, GM Ray Shero may shop around for a rental-winger for Crosby.

Looking ahead to the off-season and next season, the outlook for Dupuis is bleak. At 35 years old and coming off of ACL surgery next year, his game of pure speed will be tested.

If he can’t skate past defenders, Dupuis will become more of a liability than an asset. But for right now, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins will have to play on without their hard-working iron horse.

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