*If Pascal Dupuis gets to free agency July 5, HE’S GONE. The Penguins must sign him before then. Once you put offers side by side, MONEY TALKS.
*Winning doesn’t figure to be a major concern for Dupuis. He’s already got his name on the Stanley Cup, and contenders want players like him.
*Dupuis and his family love Pittsburgh. But Dupuis has played for four NHL teams, including three in one season. Uprooting his family one more time won’t be the end of the world. If Dupuis leaves Pittsburgh, he won’t be going to Stalingrad. No NHL city is bleak, godforsaken and war-torn. Besides Newark, that is.
*Dupuis can win somewhere else. He can make more money somewhere else. He can’t play on a line with Sidney Crosby anywhere else. But will Beau Bennett displace Dupuis? Is continuing to skate with Sid a sure thing?
*Dupuis can get three years from the Penguins. He could get four, even five years somewhere else. He might get $11 million from the Penguins. He might get $16-20 million somewhere else. That’s the difference we’re talking about. Will the extra cash make a difference in Dupuis’ life now? No. But in 15-20 years it will.
*Even a three-year contract is a bit long for a 34-year-old winger. But Dupuis is coming off consecutive career seasons. He’s in excellent condition. At worst, his versatility will allow him to be a solid third-liner in his new pact's latter stages.
*If Dupuis inks a three-year deal with the Penguins, he will (barring injury) play a season or two beyond that in the NHL. That closes the money gap. But that extra season or two is likely, not guaranteed.
*In Pittsburgh, Dupuis will get less but do more. Anywhere else, he gets more but probably does far less. That’s the Sid factor. It’s an odd contradiction.
Vote, please, in the poll at left. What would you do if you were Pascal Dupuis? Think for a minute. Be honest.