Penguins rule out Pascal Dupuis for rest of season with blood clots

PITTSBURGH — Pascal Dupuis won’t return to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup this season as a result of blood clots, the team announced through a video message.

“Pascal Dupuis wont play for us this season,” coach Mike Johnston said in the video. “There’s a certain timeline where he cannot have contact.

“And then even when it gets beyond that point where he can have contact, there’s going to be a lot of discussion with the doctors.”

Dupuis was diagnosed with blood clots in November and was deemed out indefinitely.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Dupuis wasn’t going to be cleared to play until June.

“I do feel very confident he’ll return to the team next year,” Rutherford said.

Dupuis, a 35-year-old native of Laval, Que., has 405 points in 853 career NHL games.

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