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NHL: Dupuis talks on the back burner?
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The uncertainity of Tyler Kennedy’s future with the Penguins is expected to put contract talks with Pascal Dupuis on the backburner, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Those in Pascal Dupuis camp are not expecting the Penguins to engage in substantive talks until they have Kennedy’s situation resolved.
Talks with Kennedy could go into the middle of June.
Dupuis, 32, made $1.4 million last season and has a strong interest in returning.
“I do want to be here, ” Dupuis said. “Family is geat, loves it here, hockey is unbelievable and this is where I want to be next year.”
The Penguins seem to be hopeful to retain Dupuis at a reasonable price but Tyler Kennedy is the bigger priority at this point.
However, any decision to retain Dupuis is not expected to be decided until after the Penguins professional scouting meetings in the first week of June.
Dupuis whose versatility is valued by the coaching staff, also stepped up as a leader in the locker room in the absence of Sidney Crosby.
Dupuis agent Allan Walsh believes Dupuis market value will be in the $2 million range on the open market.