By Larry Snyder
There was unfortunate news at the end of Sunday’s 3-on-3 practice session for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sam Kasan reported Monday on the team’s website that Pascal Dupuis left with an undisclosed injury during the session. He did not skate on Monday.
Here is what head coach Mike Johnston had to say about Dupuis to Kasan, “At the end of the 3-on-3 when we were practicing yesterday, he just left the ice with a slight injury. It was monitored today. They kept him off the ice this morning as more of a precaution. I don’t think it’s anything major. But as with all these things, you’re very cautious at the beginning of the year just with anything happening. But I expect over the next few days, we’ll know a little bit more. He may be back (Tuesday).”
Jonathan Bombulie of the Tribune Review and Seth Rorabaugh of the Post-Gazette both confirmed that the injury, while still being kept confidential, was not related to the blood clots that kept the 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward out of action most of last season. Josh Yohe of dkonpittsburghsports.com is reporting that Dupuis will also miss the game against the Coyotes in Phoenix.
Bobby Farnham is set for the fourth line of Matt Cullen and Daniel Sprong Thursday against the Stars in Dallas.
Beyond The Boards: In addition on Monday, the Black and Gold waived 24-year-old former Maple Leaf defenseman Tim Erixon. This maneuver places the Pens under the National Hockey League salary cap by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
Former Penguins center Max Talbot was put on waivers by the Boston Bruins in a similar move.
UPDATE: Despite hopes that the injury was minor, and would only impact a game or two, the Penguins are now reporting that Dupuis has a lower-body injury that will keep him out of action for 4-5 weeks.