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Dupuis thinks he can play again, but ‘it’s not up to me’

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Pascal Dupuis

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Pascal Dupuis last played on Nov. 15 because of blood clots. He’s made it clear that he intends to play again, but with the Penguins’ playoff run over, he’s waiting to find out what the future holds.

“Well, if you ask me, I thought I was going to play again this year,” Dupuis said when asked if he would return next season. “I’m going to say I’m going to play next year, but it’s not up to me right now.”

The period of time he was scheduled to be on blood thinners is coming to an end. Once that’s done, he can undergo testing to determine if he has a blood disorder.

The good news is that he’s been on the ice a lot lately and has been feeling great. He was even thinking that he might have been able to play in the Stanley Cup Final had Pittsburgh gotten that far.

The Penguins were missing a number of key players by the time the playoffs started and while their battered defense was certainly a primary topic, missing Dupuis hurt them significantly as well. He’s versatile winger that’s capable of playing on one of the Penguins’ top two lines.

You can watch his full cleanout day press conference below:

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