Pascal Dupuis might well have been the NHL's best bargain the past few seasons.

He had morphed from a reliable, responsible winger whose game was built on a foundation of defense and desire into a top-six winger who was a genuine force at both ends of the ice.

And that rise in productivity was not accompanied by a commensurate increase in pay.

Sure, Dupuis was making a pretty fair living -- his salary for each of the past two seasons was $1.5 million -- but his pay was far below the league average, while his contributions were well above it.

That all has changed.

Dupuis no longer is underrated and under-appreciated the way he used to be and, perhaps most important, no one thinks of him as underpaid anymore, either.

Not since he signed a four-year deal with an annual value of $3.75 million in the offseason.