Penguins continue to bolster minor-league depth
The Penguins have been among the more aggressive teams this offseason in stockpiling minor league depth, and they continued that trend Thursday by signing forward Philippe Dupuis.
The two-way contract is for one year and is worth $600,000 at the NHL level.
Dupuis, 27, spent last season with the Toronto organization. He helped the AHL Marlies to the Calder Cup Final, finishing third among AHL players with 14 points in 17 playoff games.
Dupuis (6-foot, 196 pounds) has played in 116 NHL games with Colorado and Toronto. He has recorded six goals and 18 points to go with 62 penalty minutes.
At the very least, his signing should provide an interesting training camp for Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze, who will have to figure out jersey nameplates for Dupuis and veteran Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis, who is not related.
No big follow
The Penguins have about $11 million available in salary-cap space but have not committed to spending that money this offseason.
The cap for next season is $70.2 million, pending a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and its Players Association. The current deal expires in September.
The Penguins were unsuccessful in their attempt to lure the top two free agents — winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, each of whom signed 13-year deals worth $98 million with Minnesota. Shero has not ruled out signing free agents or making a trade to fill needs for a top-six winger and/or a defenseman to play with Kris Letang on the club's No. 1 pairing.
The Penguins have not been inactive this offseason. In addition to locking up franchise center Sidney Crosby to a 12-year extension, Shero traded center Jordan Staal and defenseman Zbynek Michalek while adding center Brandon Sutter and veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun.
The club had fielded offers for Paul Martin, but they are no longer actively shopping their highest-paid defenseman. Martin has three years remaining on a deal that pays him $5 million annually.
Defensemen Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta, Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington and Simon Despres — arguably the top prospects in the Penguins' system — will be in town next week for a developmental camp at Consol Energy Center.
Fans are invited to attend the camp scrimmage for free on July 14. The camp runs from July 10-14 and features 22 players drafted by the Penguins, including nine from the 2012 draft held at Consol Energy Center.
Pouliot, Maatta and Morrow were first-round picks from the past two drafts. Despres was a first-round pick in 2009. Harrington was a second-round pick in 2011.
Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 380-5635.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins notebook: Crosby most excited by Kessel’s footspeed
- Crosby’s off-ice life hardly reflects that of a superstar
- Sestito ready to fight for job on Penguins
- Penguins defenseman Oleksy brings nasty streak, toughness
- Penguins’ Johnston: Kessel, Crosby likely to open season together
- Despite recent NHL trend, new Penguins owner could involve group dynamic
- Ex-Penguin Kennedy skates with former teammates, hopes to catch on with a team
- Crosby, teammates have some input on ice at Penguins’ new facility