Some sad news came out of Pittsburgh on Tuesday as the Penguins announced that forward Pascal Dupuis will no longer play hockey due to a “medical condition related to blood clots.”
Dupuis was initially diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung in December 2013 following an ACL tear. He was deemed clot-free before the 2013-2014 season but later admitted his condition had returned. He played in 18 games in the 2015-2016 season while taking blood thinners but several recent medical incidents caused him to be removed from various games.
“I feel very badly for Pascal,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “I’ve never seen a man more determined to play and more determined to help his team. Unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where it’s not in the best interest of his health to allow him to do that anymore.”
Dupuis has been placed on the injured reserve list, and the Penguins will place him on long-term injured reserve which will give them some salary cap relief for the rest of the season. He was in the third year of a four-year contract with an average annual salary of $3.75 million.
Dupuis played in 871 NHL games over 15 seasons for the Penguins, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers. and Atlanta Thrashers. A member of the Pens since February 26, 2008, he was also a part of the franchise’s Stanley Cup championship team in 2009. He finishes his career with 190 goals and 409 points.