Penguins F Dupuis officially out for season with blood clots

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been ruled out of the regular season and the playoffs while getting treatment for blood clots.

The 35-year-old Dupuis hasn’t played since beginning treatment for blood clots in November. The team initially held out hope Dupuis could return in time for the postseason. He is prohibited from contact while taking blood thinners to treat the condition.

Coach Mike Johnson said in a video message posted on the team’s Web site on Monday that it will be up to Dupuis and the team doctors to determine when he will be cleared for contact, but that it won’t be in time to play this season.

General manager Jim Rutherford said he is “confident” Dupuis will be back in time for the 2015-16 season.