The Pittsburgh Penguins are hopeful to learn by the end of the month if forward Pascal Dupuis can continue his NHL career after being sidelined with a blood clot this season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.
Dupuis did not play after being diagnosed with a clot in his lung Nov. 19.
"Certainly, by July 1, we need to have an idea of whether he's going to be able to play, or play part of a season, or how that lays out, so we can do our planning for our team," general manager Jim Rutherford told the newspaper.
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Dupuis, who turned 36 in April, requires medication to prevent clots from returning.
"On May 20, they started doing testing, checking to see where the blood clot was, or if it was there, all these things," Rutherford said. "The next step is, there are certain medications you can go on that may allow you to play, or may not allow you to play.
"That's the next step now, to see if there's a medication that gives him enough recovery time that he's available to play every day. That's what we're waiting to see."
In eight seasons with the Penguins, Dupuis was a frequent linemate of captain Sidney Crosby. Dupuis scored 20 goals twice but injuries have limited him to 55 games since the start of the 2013-14 season. He had six goals and five assists in 16 games this season.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen returned in March of this season after missing time with blood clots.