Dupuis Talks About New Contract, Jagr & Neal
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – The Pittsburgh Penguins and Pascal Dupuis agreed to a new two-year deal Tuesday.
Dupuis joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday to explain why he wanted to stay in Pittsburgh.
“Staying in Pittsburgh was very important for me and my family and we’re really happy to be back for another two years,” Dupuis said. “It’s a special bunch of guys. The core of the team, they’re young, they do everything to win night after night. Same with management too, they put a team together that has a shot to win the Stanley Cup every year. That’s what you play hockey for. You play to win and you want a chance to win. Basically, it was clear in my mind that I wanted to come back to Pittsburgh.”
Pascal loves the management team and playing with the world’s greatest hockey player, Sidney Crosby.
In the wake of Dupuis’ signing were reports of the Penguins offering a one-year deal to Jaromir Jagr. However, there’s some questions about whether or not he would fit into Dan Bylsma’s system.
Dupuis doesn’t think that would be an issue with Jagr or any other player to come into the locker room.
“If the team, if management, if the coaching staff thinks that he can play our style of hockey, you know, we have top players on our team that are buying into our system and that’s what makes us a successful team. You’ve got guys like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin playing both sides of the ice and playing great in their own zone and guys are going to buy in. I think anybody that comes into this locker room will look at the best player in the game, Sidney Crosby, and say ‘Oh my God, this guy is doing all the little detauils in a game to win a hockey game, I might as well do it or ill be looked at differently,” Dupuis said.
Jagr is being looked at as a guy who could play on the wing with Crosby and shore up a position that has needed help over the last couple of seasons. The Penguins went out and traded for James Neal last season. Dupuis said he is confident that Neal will score some big goals this season.
“He’s a pure shooter. He’s the kind of guy who has the will to put the puck in the net. Hes a great teammate as well. We’re all rooting for him to score big goals, he did in the playoffs in overtime. I think next year will be a new beginning for him,” Dupuis said. “We’ve got all the confidence in the world that he’ll score some big goals for us and they’ll come in bunches.”