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How ‘Injured’ Is Joffrey Lupul?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Joffrey Lupul on Sunday accused the Toronto Maple Leafs on social media of cheating with the NHL's long-term injury list but quickly deleted his post.

It was the first time the Maple Leafs' use of the long-term injury reserve (LTIR) was subject to any accusations, although there have been suspicions around the league for the last two seasons about some of their moves. Those moves – putting veteran players who were said to have failed their physical exams on the list, thereby taking their salaries off the NHL salary cap – came to be known as being sent to Robidas Island, named for defenceman Stephane Robidas, exiled to the list after training camp in 2015....

But Lupul, 33, claimed on his verified @jlupul account in an Instagram post on Sunday night he is healthy and ready to play: "I'm ready.. Just awaiting the call.." When last week's failed physical was mentioned by his followers, Lupul posted, "Haha failed physical. They cheat, everyone lets them." Lupul deleted the latter post after a stream of comments from followers.

Lupul can file a grievance with the NHL over the long-term injury decision through the NHL Players' Association, generally within 60 days of the perceived dispute. No one from the NHLPA could be immediately reached for comment.

A Maple Leafs spokesman said Monday morning the team will not comment on the matter.

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added 12:00pm, Glenn Healy (audio) on the situation is below...

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Paul's avatar

Darren Dreger tweet,

Bill Daly on Lupul’s accusation last night.  “We aren’t in a position to comment right now. That may or may not change when we know more.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/18/17 at 08:44 AM ET

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We aren’t in a position to comment right now. That may or may not change when we know more.”

Translated from Lawyer-eze…”..we haven’t yet come up with an agreed upon strategy to make this “go away”...  confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/18/17 at 09:33 AM ET

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League better address this soon. Teams shouldn’t be able to circumvent the cap by placing healthy players on LTIR and using only team doctors to determine “healthy” is asking for trouble.

Posted by evileye on 09/18/17 at 01:36 PM ET

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Chris Johnston of Sportsnet has more on this situation.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/18/17 at 02:05 PM ET

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It sure looks like the Leafs are taking advantage of their virtual license to
print money.

And perhaps their status at “the center of the hockey universe”,
as huge money-maker for the league, and also the pent up demand and excitement to finally break a 50+ year drought, in order to try and rebuild quickly before anyone digs too deep or dares to ask too many questions.

Funny how *all* of the Leafs’ mistakes in signing veteran players to bad deals
have magically turned into vague long-term injuries so the players can be summarily
judged in-house to have failed their physicals, just when the Leafs needed the cap space and roster space.
Funny how all the less than star veterans they took on recently in trades have ended
up the same way. Sure looks like the Leafs never intended to play them or even give them a chance.

Looks like it finally took a proud, p-ssed off veteran player breaking the expected code of silence - however briefly - to get the Canadian media past the point of raising their eyebrows and changing the subject.

The relentless, boring coverage this team on TSN is one thing. Cheating like this is what makes
a would-be colossus like the Leafs so hard to take.

Posted by Lefty30 on 09/18/17 at 11:07 PM ET

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