UPDATE: Uh-oh, Dupuis out 4-5 weeks. Unrelated to his blood clot situation, but the injury bad luck for Pascal continues.
Penguins say Dupuis will miss 4-5 weeks because of undiclosed injury not related to previous health problems.— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) October 6, 2015
The Pittsburgh Penguins almost made it a full training camp without losing anyone, until the tail end. According to multiple reports, Pascal Dupuis is out for at least a week and has been ruled out for the season opener Thursday night in Dallas. Dupuis left the ice yesterday during practice with what was described as a minor injury.
Pascal Dupuis has an undisclosed injury - NOT blood clot related - that will keep him out of PIT lineup at least a week and perhaps longer.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 5, 2015
From the sounds of the whispers around twitter, multiple sources including Josh Yohe are saying it is a "hockey" injury and not related to the blood clot situation that has dogged Dupuis since December 2013. Dupuis was healthy enough Monday to attend a PR/charity function at a local Pittsburgh hospital.
However, with Dupuis out for the short-term future, the Penguins are in something of a hole without Dupuis - who was expected to be a 3rd line winger and the team's top forward for killing penalties. Also on the shelf is Eric Fehr - who probably figures to be the other top PK'ing forward.
This also shows why it's not a good idea to carry a bad player as the 13th forward or 7th defenseman, because now Bobby Farnham will play on the Pens 4th line and kill penalties. Farnham - a player who can't score in the AHL [39 points in 197 games], let alone the NHL, so there goes the hopes of the Penguins having 4 lines capable of scoring.
Farnham, unfortunately, catches the Pens torch of very bad 4th line #energy and #grit players, passed along by proud (but bad) players like Craig Adams, Zach Sill and Tanner Glass. Farnham skated today at practice on a line with Matt Cullen and Daniel Sprong.
And in irony to end all ironies, Dupuis' injury has opened up a chance for the oft-injured Beau Bennett, who has been skating in Pascal's spot on the 3rd line with Nick Bonino and David Perron.
The Pens are expected to release a bigger update on Dupuis tomorrow morning. Should Dupuis miss exactly a week, he would make his season debut next Tuesday, October 13th, which is also the Pens home opener. Pittsburgh starts the season with two road games first with Dallas on Thursday, and then in Phoenix on Saturday.