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Afternoon Line- Joffrey Lupul

“All sports I think are always evolving but hockey’s so much different now, the pace of the game, the age of the players. When I came in the league there was third and fourth lines littered with 35- to 38-year-old guys. You had these old veterans on the team.

“Now it seems the opposite: They can’t wait to get these guys out.”

-Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Much more from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

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Hank1974's avatar

I don’t think anyone wants to ‘get these guys out’.
It’s all about cost certainty in a Cap world. Would you rather pay a 38YO vet $1.5M or a 22YO rookie for 500K?
It’s about simple math, not discrimination against the geriatrics of the league.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/07/16 at 02:32 PM ET

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not discrimination against the geriatrics of the league.

I don’t think he’s suggesting it’s discrimination at all, just a different way of thinking that has come about, mostly because of the salary difference between a vet and a kid, as you noted.

Posted by Garth on 02/08/16 at 12:08 PM ET

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