Dupuis has agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the Penguins, sources told the Tribune-Review. The deal, which will be announced this afternoon, is worth $3 million total — meaning Dupuis will count $1.5 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons.
Dupuis is a valuable player who can slot into a variety of roles on any line and is a good penalty killer. His speed and forechecking make him a natural for the Penguins system.
At two years and just a nominal $100,000 pay raise off his last contract, this has to be considered a win for the Penguins. They have huge holes at right wing and are targeting bringing in Jaromir Jagr and Tyler Kennedy. Taking care of Dupuis and getting him that first domino to fall is a big help.
Penguins GM Ray Shero now has about $6.5-$7 million dollars of cap space to add about 2-3 more forwards.
Next up could be news of a "hand shake" agreement with Jagr, who is expected to hear from the Penguins today, possibly including his first firm offer from Pittsburgh. The CBA bars Jagr from officially signing until Friday (July 1) but it's expected that he will probably be making up his mind where he wants to play in the hours/days before that.