The Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans were holding out the slimmest of slim hopes that Pascal Dupuis would return this season after suffering a torn ACL back in December. The team announced on Monday morning that all hope has been lost, as Dupuis is set to have ACL surgery and miss the rest of the season.
According to the team, Dupuis will gave surgery on his ACL this upcoming February 12th.
Pascal Dupuis will have ACL surgery on Feb. 12 #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 20, 2014
Considering that it takes around a year to recover from an ACL injury, this pretty much ends Dupuis’ season prematurely.
Pittsburgh still has Dupuis under contract for the next three years, as he inked a 4-year, $15 million contract in the offseason. The Pens will now look to the trade market to try and find a replacement for Dupius the rest of the season, as GM Ray Shero noted that the injury would have been even more devastating had it happened after the deadline in March.