Pens sign Dupuis, offer Jagr one year deal

It was announced yesterday that the Penguins signed winger Pascal Dupuis to a two year deal worth $3 Million dollars.  Which puts him at $1.5 million against this years cap and only a slight raise from last year’s $1.4 million.  Originally Ray Shero tried to offer a one year deal but Dupuis wanted more than that and he got it.  Dupuis knows that he could have probably made much more on the open market when free agency begins on Friday, July 1st, but here’s what he had to say about it:

“Pittsburgh is where other guys in the NHL want to play,” Dupuis said. “Great city, great building, great fans, great ownership and a great front office. You can’t beat it here. And I know I’ll have two great chances to win another Stanley Cup. That’s why I’m here — to win another Cup.”

Other notable free agents as of Friday are Tyler Kennedy, Mike Rupp and Max Talbot.  The Pens have about $6.5 million in cap room left for next year and it’s common for Shero to leave some cap room coming into the season for mid-season acquisitions.   The last word is that they are definitely trying to work something out with Kennedy and Rupp but plan to let Talbot test the open market.  Shero had this to say in regards to players taking a little less money than what they might make on the open market:

“I’ve always said to our players that if they want to stay in Pittsburgh and win, they might have to take a little less [money].”

Also, some big news coming for the Pens yesterday was that former Penguin Jaromir Jagr was offered a one year deal with the Penguins.   He has until today to agree to the deal.

“We feel he’s a guy who can help us this year,” Shero said. “And then retire as a Penguin.”

 

UPDATE: Jagr is supposed to be arriving in the US at 3:30pm and a decision is to come shortly after.  The deal is also said to be for one year and $2 million.