Exactly. DuPuis has proven he can fill roles (PK, 3rd/4th line energy player) at the NHL level. Peso didn't convince the Pens brass that he had the goods during training camp and apparently hasn't overwhelmed them at the AHL level either.
Peso and DuPuis aren't mutually exclusive entities at the NHL level so I doubt Peso considers DuPuis an impediment to a potential NHL paycheck.
The fact DuPuis spent time on the 1st line the past few seasons proves the Pens are looking for guys that can fill that role and are open to giving guys a chance. There is no reason to think they would not give Peso a chance if he showed the necessary ability in camp.
OMG... I must remain calm... have you seen what Dupuis has done on the 1st line? NOTHING. If I could make NOTHING a 72 point font I would. HE HAS DONE NOTHING except make Sid frustrated. Of the top of your head, how many goals do you think he has a Penguin? 10? 20? 15? ... no.... 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not sure why you are all so in love with him. He's not good. You think having him next year vs. Pesonen is smart from a long-term standpoint?
Man, years ago, I spent a year trying to convince the ESPN message board that Aubin was a horrible goalie. I guess I'll just you guys figure Dupuis out for yourselves.
Are you 12 or 13 years old? Judging by the comments subsequent to my last post in this thread, you are some kind of board idiot so I shouldn't have responded. DuPuis is an established NHL player. He has proven he can fill 3rd/4th line and PK roles on multiple NHL teams. The fact MT tried him on the 1st line is an indication the Pens lack top 2 line talent on the Wings. That is opportunity for skilled players like Peso. The fact DuPuis was tried there earlier this season while Peso toiled in WBS is an indictment of Peso and his failure to claim a top 2 line role on the Pens. Peso may be able to fill an NHL role some day, but he didn't demonstrate that ability to the Pens staff during camp. It is too early to write Peso off, but clearly whatever mojo he had in Finland will take some time to adapt/translate to the North American game. He isn't some uber Euro star like Malkin, Ovechkin, etc that can walk into the NHL straight from Europe and dominate.
DuPuis and Peso fill different roles so one has almost nothing to do with the NHL fortunes of the other. Since DuPuis plays on one of the top 2 PK units, he is a decent bargain for $1.2M per year. He is capably filling a valuable role for the Pens. A successful NHL team is never made up of 12 forwards with strictly offensive skills. There has to be a blend of various skills so guys with the right skills play in the right situations. Do you know who Ville Leino is? He was the MVP in Finland (same league as Peso) last season. Did he hang himself yet because he is riding a bus with Grand Rapids while Maltby, Draper, Kopecky, McCarty, and Helm have dressed for the Red Wings? I suspect Leino and Peso understand the different roles forwards play on hockey teams and the transition they need to make to the NHL game so they are not sticking pins in voodoo dolls representing DuPuis, Maltby, Draper, etc.
Even if I claimed DuPuis was a good 1st line player (I didn't), why would the opinion of a random stranger on the Internet upset you?