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Johnston wants to keep Dupuis ‘very involved’

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Pascal Dupuis

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis can’t play for at least six months due to a blood clot in his lung and there’s no guarantee that he’ll ever resume his career. Whatever the future may bring though, head coach Mike Johnston wants to make it clear that Dupuis still has a role on the team in some capacity.

“As a coaching staff, we want him to be very involved in the team over the next six months,” Johnston told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Certainly, from the perspective of keeping him up to date with what we’re doing and how things are going.”

Johnston didn’t go into detail about what he thinks Dupuis’ new job will be, but that might be because those specifics are still being discussed internally. The bench boss is preparing a job description for Dupuis, which will then be presented to the 35-year-old forward next week.

As expected, Dupuis has also been moved to the long-term injured reserve list, per Cap Geek. That will provide the Penguins with some salary cap flexibility as they move forward without the versatile winger in their lineup.

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