Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 5 Days

Dupuis won't take contact during the initial stages of training camp, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Though it was previously suggested that Dupuis wouldn't face any limitations entering camp, he's just a little bit behind schedule right now. He plans to begin taking contact in about a week, giving him plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the regular season. The health of Dupuis' knee is less of a concern to fantasy players than in what capacity he might be used this season. New coach Mike Johnston has stated a preference of deploying his skaters in pairs rather than units, suggesting duty with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby no longer awaits for Dupuis.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 12 Days

Dupuis (knee) is expected to receive clearance for full contact during training camp, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The winger looks to be progressing positively from the reconstructive knee surgery that ended his most recent season prematurely, as he was skating on the ice in a red "no-contact" jersey during Wednesday's scrimmage. Dupuis likely has only a few more steps to pass in his rehab program before being cleared for full activity, but it remains undetermined where he'll fit in with the Penguins during the upcoming season. New head coach Mike Johnston prefers to use his forwards as pairs rather than traditional lines, and with the promise of working alongside luminaries Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz no longer guaranteed, Dupuis could be in line for a sharper dropoff in his point total.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 18 Days

New head coach Mike Johnston, who prefers to group players in pairs rather than line units, has already paired Sidney Crosby with Chris Kunitz -- leaving Dupuis's spot on the unit in question, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Recovering from knee surgery, Dupuis has been skating three or four times per week since June and figures to be ready for the season's start. In the end, Dupuis will likely see plenty of action with Crosby and Kunitz, but the new head coach could shake things up. The 35-year-old's numbers were beginning to slip last year -- he had 20 points in 39 games before getting hurt -- but he's still probably worth half a point per game once again in 2014-15.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 2 Months

Pascal Dupuis (knee) was on the ice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in February.

Dupuis was originally projected to miss six to eight months, so based on that timetable, there's a good chance he'll be available for the Penguins' season opener. Before his season ended, Dupuis had seven goals and 20 points in 39 games.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 4 Months

Pascal Dupuis (knee) expects to be ready to play at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

He underwent surgery on Feb. 12 to repair a torn MCL and ACL. His timetable was set at six to eight months. Dupuis is three months into his recovery and he feels it's going well. "Obviously it's a long process, but it's feeling great," he said. "Aiming for six (months). The way it's feeling right now, it feels great. I'm right on schedule, so it looks good for camp." He had seven goals and 20 points in 39 games prior to getting hurt, but his chemistry with Sidney Crosby gives him plenty of fantasy value.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 5 Months

The loss of right wing Pascal Dupuis (knee) has been a damaging blow to the Pens' penalty-killing unit.

With Dupuis in the lineup, the Penguins killed 87.5 percent of their penalties, which was on pace to give Pittsburgh's its second-best penalty-killing season in franchise history. Without Dupuis, who sustained a season-ending injury Dec. 23, the Pens have killed just 82.5 percent of their penalties. The penalty-killing unit has deteriorated since the Olympics. "We were very good up until then," Craig Adams said. Adams said he believes the Pens' penchant for turning the puck over is the primary reason for the decline in penalty kill percentage. Defenseman Brooks Orpik's turnover led to Columbus center Mark Letestu's power-play goal in Game 1 of the first-round series Wednesday. "We aren't getting clears when we have the chance," Adams said. "There will always be times when it's a 50/50 situation and you get the puck out. But there have been times when we have clear control and we're still not getting it out. That's a problem."

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 7 Months

Pascal Dupuis (knee) might not be ready for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Dupuis is rehabbing after injuring his ACL and MCL. His timetable suggests that he'll be ready at some point in the range of August through October. That means that even in a best case scenario, he will spend at least part of the summer focusing on his recovery.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 7 Months

Pascal Dupuis has begun rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee.

Dupuis suffered damage to his ACL and MCL. He will not be able to return this season, but he should be back for the 2014-15 campaign.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 7 Months

Pascal Dupuis underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The Penguins haven't made it official, but Dupuis isn't expected to return this season. However, it's been assumed that Dupuis would be out for the rest of the year since Sidney Crosby landed on the outside of his leg following a hit from Ottawa's Marc Methot back on Dec. 23.

Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 8 Months

Pascal Dupuis is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Feb. 12.

Dupuis hasn't played since Dec. 23 due to a torn right ACL. He took time to rehab the muscles around it before having the operation. Don't count on him returning before the 2014-15 campaign.