Phil Dupuis Heads to DEL, Kunitz Extended, Odds & Ends 6/27

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) player from the 2012-13 roster is heading overseas. Forward Phillipe Dupuis signed a one-year deal with the Hamburg Freezers of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Here is the story from the Freezers' team site, translated in English.

One thing to note about the Dupuis press release, which was never talked about but should come as no surprise at this point, is that he suffered a concussion while with the Penguins last season and missed from mid-January to the team's final game on June 1st in the AHL's Eastern Conference Finals. A portion of the Freezers' press release below:
"Philippe wanted to go to Europe and has left a good impression both with me and with Benoit, who met him in Canada. In the past season Philippe had long struggled with a concussion and could never get his full power therefore. But now he is fit again."
Dupuis joins Dylan Reese as two players from last year's roster that has hopped the pond. Reese, as you might recall, signed in the Russian KHL.

In Pittsburgh, Ray Shero and company extend the contract of forward Chris Kunitz for three years. Kunitz will receive a slight increase in pay, up roughly $125,000 from his previous contract of $3.725 million, but that isn't too steep for a guy who finished last season in the top 10 in the NHL in scoring.

Former Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks. Lovejoy's contract will pay him $3.3 million over the next three seasons.

Check back tomorrow for a complete list of the organization's free agents and important dates coming up as business starts to pick up again as the calendar hits the seventh month. I'll take a look at the free agents and sort of give an overview of Pittsburgh's options heading into this offseason.


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