Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been cleared to work out and take contact, it was announced today by General Manager Jim Rutherford.
Dupuis, 36, was diagnosed with a blood clot on his lung November 19 and missed the rest of the 2014-15 season.
“The blood clot has dissolved, and the doctors have recommended a blood thinner medication that will allow him to play,” Rutherford said. “It’s a big step forward for Pascal, and we’re all excited for him.”
Dupuis underwent six months of treatment with blood thinners from November through May. He was allowed to skate during that time but was not allowed to take contact.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Laval, Quebec had 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points in just 16 games last season.
Dupuis has played 853 NHL games over 13-plus seasons with Minnesota, the New York Rangers, Atlanta and the Penguins, scoring 188 goals and 405 points. He was acquired by the Penguins in a February 26, 2008 trade with Atlanta.