I don't see any official announcement yet, but the Lake Erie Monsters are reporting that Philippe Dupuis has been recalled. [EDIT: Okay, I guess there was an official announcment] With Marek Svatos already ruled out for tonight's game, there's a good chance we'll see #59 in the lineup for the Avalanche. Or, with Adam Foote likely to return to the lineup tonight, Tony Granato could dress 7 defensemen in honor of Joel Quenneville (although this doesn't seem likely). Darcy Tucker is close to returning, but has been ruled out for Friday.No recent updates on Ben Guite, who was skating not that long ago. And I don't think we've heard one word about poor Brian Willsie (who isn't eligible to come of the IR yet anyway). So, it sounds like either Dupuis or seven defensemen and my money is on Dupuis.
Dupuis is a former 4th round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was acquired along with Darcy Campbell for Mark Rycroft. He has 4 goals, 4 assists and 14 penalty minutes for the Monsters this year.
If Philippe does make his NHL debut, it will cap off a terrific day for the Dupuis family. His brother Pascal notched his first NHL hat trick last night. [EDIT: Well, I've been scouring the net and I've found reference that the two are brothers, and I've found references that the two are not related. So, take that statement with a grain of salt].