Archive

Penguins notebook: Dupuis, Fehr back on ice, lineup changes could loom | TribLIVE.com
Penguins/NHL

Penguins notebook: Dupuis, Fehr back on ice, lineup changes could loom

The Penguins’ top-nine soon could look drastically different.

Pascal Dupuis and Eric Fehr practiced with teammates Sunday at Consol Energy Center, signs their returns are near.

Dupuis was expected to be out until Nov. 3 with a lower-body injury. Fehr had elbow surgery the first week of June and was given a timetable of four to six months to return.

“See how it reacts overnight,” Dupuis said. “It went pretty well out there. Right now, no issues at all. Stayed a little bit longer. It feels good. Really good.”

Dupuis rotated in a group with Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Phil Kessel, though coach Mike Johnston said that’s just how practice worked. Fehr worked with Malkin, David Perron and Patric Hornqvist.

“I just tried to give Phil a little break there,” Dupuis deadpanned.

To show him the ropes?

“Show him how not to do stuff, basically,” Dupuis said.

Having Dupuis back, whether it’s killing penalties or staying positive, is something this group will welcome. Johnston said Dupuis “brings a lot of energy to practice.”

Kris Letang lauded Dupuis’ two-way game.

“It’s fun to have a guy who can play both ends of the ice really well, bring a lot of energy on the ice and in the room,” Letang said.

Captain Sidney Crosby acknowledged the team is significantly different with Dupuis in the dressing room.

“We definitely notice when he’s around,” Crosby said.

The looming returns of Fehr (Penguins debut) and Dupuis also will ignite the discussion on whether to keep Daniel Sprong after nine games or return him to his junior team.

• Johnston promised a full evaluation and likely changes on the power play following an 0-for-5 performance during Saturday’s win over the Maple Leafs. But with the team off Monday, any changes will have to be implemented during Tuesday’s morning skate at the earliest. “We’re taking another 24 hours before we come up with an exact plan,” Johnston said. “It’s something you have to look at carefully because it is early. I want to make sure that if we’re making changes, it’s for the right reason. Sometimes, you react after a game if you don’t get the goal or certain things accumulate.”

• Johnston had no update on the condition of winger Beau Bennett, who is on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

— Jason Mackey


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.