To many Pascal Dupuis is simply a role player and those people are right. Dupuis is simply a role player. He’s the best role player on the entire Pittsburgh Penguins roster and maybe even the entire NHL. He’s no longer the best kept secret in the league anymore, and that likely isn’t going to help Ray Shero re-sign him at a discount again.
Dupuis is a uniquely valuable commodity. He’s a player who can adapt his game to mesh with super star caliber players like Sidney Crosby. He can also cycle, muck and grind on the fourth line with guys like Joe Vitale and do everything in between. His speed and tenacity enable him to play up and down the lineup, find time on the Power Play as-well-as the Penalty Kill. So, if you’re Ray Shero, how do you put a fair price tag on such a versatile player?
The speedy winger has improved his game every season with the Penguins after being an afterthought in the Marian Hossa trade in 2008. Since coming to Pittsburgh, Dupuis has near...