Reporting Jory Rand
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Max Talbot is set to return to Pittsburgh this week with the Philadelphia Flyers.
And when he was a Penguin, Talbot was the jokester of the team, the class clown. But with his departure and move across the state, who is it now?
Over the last handful of years, the Penguins have had that one guy in the locker room to keep the room light, the class clown, if you will.
First, it was Colby Armstrong, and then when he was traded to Atlanta, it became Talbot. But now that he’s long gone, who is it now?
“I think [Pascal Dupuis] just picked up momentum with it this year,” said Sidney Crosby, the Penguins’ captain. “I feel like when each one of those guys left, he felt like he had to add more and more. So, he keeps everyone pretty loose.”
“[Dupuis] always, he’s kind of like me, always pleasant and chirpen and things like that, so it’s nice to be around,” Pens forward Tanner Glass said.
“I think so. We’ll see down the line, but I feel like I’ve been okay,” said Dupuis.
“He can definitely fill those shoes. He’s not afraid to make things a little uncomfortable and say something that gets a laugh out of some guys,” Crosby added.
“He gets on my haircut a little,” said Glass. “He says mullets are in style in Pittsburgh, so I look normal here.”
“He’ll say anything at any time,” Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins goalie, says. “But like, he says so much, it’s got to be funny at some point.”
So, comedy, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
The consensus goes to Dupuis as the Penguins class clown.