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“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.
via Joe Pack of Sportsnet,
Lupul appeared to make contact with Lundqvist's skate as he entered the blue ice and some contact was made between the two as the shot bounced through the goaltender's pads. Neither instance appeared to be a clear-cut example of interference.
A goaltender's safety and the integrity of the rules should be paramount in all situations. But this goal should have counted.
The Leafs lost 3-1 to the Rangers.
Below, watch Mike Babcock post-game...
Sportsnet's Damien Cox suggests that the Toronto Maple Leafs must take an aggressive approach to pre-draft-day trades in order to move out bodies and bring in both younger prospects and picks, and while this entry fits under, "KK Hockey" more than my blog, I (George) read this as a Red Wings fan and thought, "How did two months suddenly turn Toronto's trash into another man's treasure?"
To be in position to get the best players over the next few years, more picks are needed and winning has to become a secondary goal, which means people have to go. Phaneuf almost went at the trade deadline to Detroit, and that’s a scenario that will be revisited, even though the Leafs have yet to hire a new general manager. Shanahan feels comfortable making major deals with Mark Hunter, Kyle Dubas and Mike Babcock at his side, and the Red Wings may be willing to give up the futures now that they weren’t willing to relinquish in March when a deal that featured Phaneuf going to Motown for the contract of Stephen Weiss and defenceman Brendan Smith wasn’t concluded because the Leafs also wanted futures the Wings weren’t willing to surrender at that point.
Yes, because Teemu Pulkkinen scoring like a machine during two-and-a-half rounds of the Grand Rapids Griffins' playoffs = he's totally redundant.
Kessel, meanwhile, has seven years to go at $8 million per, but even in an off, off season he potted 25 goals. There’s no obvious match here, but lots of teams failed in the playoffs or missed them because they struggled to score and could have interest in the winger.
And so they're supposed to surrender major compensation for someone described by the Toronto media as nothing more than a malcontent and a cancer?
Bozak and Lupul would be the next two on the list, and if Kessel can’t be moved, they are easier to deal. Lupul has three years left at $5.25 million, Bozak three more at $4.2 million.
The Leafs have demonstrated in the David Clarkson trade with Columbus and the Phaneuf talks with Detroit they’re willing to absorb salary if that’s what it takes to make a deal. Moreover, they’re keenly aware that once the free agent market opens July 1, and with the cap likely to increase only to about $71 million, their options to move these players are likely to be reduced significantly as budgets get spent.
That doesn't mean their prices have gone up since the trade deadline, when the Leafs weren't able to consummate deals for any of the above-listed players.
Cox continues, and I'm not trying to rip the guy, but let's just say I think his take on the value of the players the Maple Leafs' press corps bashed for the entire 2014-15 season aren't any higher because other teams are desperate to take the Leafs' problem children on this summer.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the inevitable "falls" of Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel as the main topic in his Sunday notebook, but you and I both know that numbers 3 and 81 will be exiting Toronto in salary-and-or-player-dumps soon, and we all know that Jaromir Jagr's ability tos core in the "Dead Puck" era was (and now is again) pretty damn impressive, so this set of observations strikes me as the most pertinent "chunk" of Simmons' notebook:
Before trading David Clarkson to Columbus, the Leafs thought they had a deal going that would have sent him back to New Jersey. The player whose contract would have swapped in exchange has not been confirmed, but quite likely it’s the concussed Ryan Clowe ... There was significant interest in Roman Polak at the NHL deadline, including from his former team, the St. Louis Blues. The Leafs like what Polak gives them from a stability and maturity point of view, something the current team is lacking in ... Pretty sure Ron Wilson was an advocate of Phaneuf being named captain of the Leafs. Wasn’t he the coach at the time? ... The narrative once was that the Leafs won the trade that brought Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner to Toronto in exchange for Francois Beachemin. The standings don’t agree. Since then, the Leafs are playing .497 hockey and the Ducks are accumulating points at a .638 clip ... If you don’t love the Andrew Hammond, Hamburglar, story, you don’t love sports. I’m doing something I don’t remember doing before: I quietly cheering for the Ottawa Senators.
Simmons continues, discussing his usual potpourri of Sunday sports topics.
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The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:
A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may be attracting a lot of interest is New Jersey defenceman Marek Zidlicky. Nobody is sure if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would actually deal Zidlicky, but teams have been calling to see what the asking price is, just in case he does decide to make a move.
The Maple Leafs want to be the busiest team in the league Monday. They have been trying to deal almost their entire roster, but all eyes will be on captain Dion Phaneuf and wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. They’ve also, for the past two weeks, been shopping centre Tyler Bozak and his $4.2-million salary. Toronto has a chance to make this a significant day if they make moves.
The Montreal Canadiens set up shop in San Jose on Sunday night after a long flight that left at 11 a.m. The Habs have been steadfast in their search for a defenceman since the quest for help began. They were able to help their forward ranks by picking up Devante Smith-Pelley from the Ducks earlier this week in exchange for Jiri Sekac, but the thinking is GM Marc Bergevin isn’t done. The Habs would like to get a defenceman and the belief is they’ve been eyeing Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Though teams have wanted draft picks in return, the talk is the Habs may be dangling goaltender prospect Zach Fucale, who was a second-round selection (No. 36 overall) in 2013.
Garrioch continues, reporting that the Sabres and Bruins may swing a Chris Stewart deal, that the Blues want to make some sort of impact and that Matt Beleskey is in high demand.
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Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.
Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.
Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.
According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;
Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;
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from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Lupul knows and understands that a deconstruction of the current core and roster is coming. Failure with the same group year after year brings about that change. But he's openly wary about the concept of completely deconstructing the roster to the barest foundations. Beyond just the difficulty and challenge of rebuilding it back up is the consequent temptation of rushing young players along, as has been the case with his former team.
Trading everyone, he insists, is not the answer.
"What are we going to just restart with a whole complete group with four guys next year and just try and finish last? I haven't spoken to management at all but I'm sure that's not their idea," Lupul said. "You can play a bunch of young guys and lose all year, but who's to say that those young guys are going to develop? I don't know. I think [the tear-down idea is] maybe more of a media-driven thing.
"There's trade rumours on every guy in here so who are we going to put on the ice next year? A bunch of draft picks?"
Amongst this morning's trade scuttlebutt from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Toronto GM Dave Nonis quietly has been working the phones. Didn’t get the sense from anybody that the Leafs are on the verge of making a deal. The Leafs may have been trying to gauge interest in winger Joffrey Lupul before he was hurt last week and was sent back to Toronto for further evaluation. He has a $5.25 million cap hit through 2017-18 and can’t be moved until he proves he’s able to stay healthy.
Buffalo GM Tim Murray has been busy trying to see if anybody will take winger Chris Stewart off his hands sometime soon. These have been going on for months, but Murray is demanding a good return and won’t make the move until he gets it. The Penguins aren’t in the mix anymore, but the Flames, Bruins and Senators have spoken with Murray.
A league executive on trade talks: “Wait a few weeks until teams start falling out of the playoff race, then trades will happen. Until then, it could be quiet.”
After all the rave reviews about Washington hosting the Winter Classic Wednesday, there is talk the next stop could be Winnipeg next season. A visit by Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks might be a nice fit as an opponent.
Garrioch continues, discussing Sergei Bobrovsky's fate, the Oilers' possible machinations and whether the World Juniors could have an effect on the Eichel-vs-McDavid derby (the answer should be "no, short tournament")...And what is it for Chicago, first to four?
The Grey Cup is taking place today, which is why the Wings-Canucks matinee is the only NHL game on the schedule, and the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons spends the vast majority of his Sunday notebook discussing the match-up between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders (airing at 6 PM EST on TSN), but he spends one meaty paragraph discussing all things NHL-related:
I wonder if Bob McCown read his own book. In the bestselling 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments, McCown makes a case against Paul Henderson’s inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A strong case. Lately, he has been pushing the Henderson Hall of Fame agenda. Strange ... On Saturday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks were tied for the most points in the NHL and that has to be wrong, doesn’t it? ... The first quarter MVP in the NHL: Pekka Rinne ...
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Neutral fans, what do you think, should Kadri been whistled for a penalty?
View the hit here...
from Wyatt Arndt of The Legion of Blog at the Vancouver Province,
For those that missed it last night, there was an incident during the game where Lupul tried to throw an elbow in Henrik Sedin’s face, missed, and ended up taking out his own team mate, Nazem Kadri, instead.
Funnily enough CBC didn’t mention this elbow attempt, nor was a replay ever shown. Had this been in the age before social media, it most likely would have seemed like it never happened, but alas, Twitter saw. Twitter sees everything. As a result, we all got to watch as Lupul attempted a pretty cheap shot on Henrik Sedin replayed on Vine posts and YouTube videos.
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Once upon a time, being a celebrity mattered to Lupul, the model-like face and voice of the Maple Leafs. He wanted to be known as more than a hockey player. He has a vast array of interests, opinions and thoughts on just about everything. In a world of frozen athletes with cliched minds, he is something of a hockey renaissance man.
And yet, probably for the first time in his life, for all he does, for all he goes, for as often as he appears, Lupul wants to be known as just a hockey player.
“It’s kind of weird,” he said in a lengthy interview on the eve of the commencement of Leafs training camp. “When I was younger in my career, I didn’t want to be perceived as just a hockey player. I wanted to be more than that. I knew I had more to offer.
“I don’t go out of my way to make appearances. These are things that interest me. Concerts. Festivals. Fashion. Magazines. Writing. I have a lot of interests outside the game. But now, at my age (29), as my career hits the middle stage, I just want to be perceived as a hockey player. That’s what matters most to me. It’s something I’ve grown into.”
Some might say, grown up to as well.
from Morty Ain of ESPN The Magazine,
Why did you decide to pose?
JL: Being a hockey player, I want to experience as many things as possible, and posing naked in a magazine is certainly not something I ever thought I'd do. I think professional athletes have natural abilities and there are things our bodies can do that other people's can't. But we also put in a lot of work -- on and off the ice -- and that's what the issue is about: Seeing how people look without their gear on.
What do you like about your body?
JL: We train a lot of lower body and core, so I think my leg strength and ability to generate power with my legs and core is the thing I'm most proud of. Every day when we go out and practice, we're always in that same position of legs bent and ass halfway down to the ice, almost like we're a speedskater or a skier. Everything I do, I try and do with that in mind: low center of gravity, stay low to the ice and make myself harder to knock over.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Lupul, speaking at the Maple Leafs’ Etobicoke practice rink while his teammates prepared to play the Rangers in Manhattan on Wednesday, said that now, nearly a week after the collision, he can’t be sure when he’ll return to action. He said he “didn’t want to get into” the details of his current symptoms, but Wednesday marked the second straight day he’d stayed off the ice. Instead, he spent an afternoon honing his wrist shot and backhand in the team’s dryland shooting gallery. Getting back on the blades Thursday remains a possibility, said Lupul, who last partook in drills during Monday’s morning skate. Nothing is for sure, but at least this was something.
“If I was having bad symptoms, I would be home resting instead of this,” Lupul said. “It’s truly a day-to-day thing, just wake up in the morning and see how I’m feeling, how I’m progressing. There’s really no reason for me to rush right now. I just want to make sure I’m back at 100 per cent.”
If it sounds an awful lot like he is suffering the effects of a certain C-word, the club has not termed Lupul’s injury a concussion. Lupul, for the record, assumes he has endured precisely that.
“Yeah,” he said Wednesday, when asked if he believes he suffered a concussion against the Flyers. “I mean, no one’s really said that word to me. But I definitely didn’t sprain my ankle.”
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
Joffrey Lupul’s day was a short one.
The Toronto forward came out on the ice early for the Maple Leafs’ game-day skate at the Air Canada Centre, skated a few gentle laps, lined up for some shooting drills and that was it.
After about 15 minutes he glided over to the Leafs bench and disappeared up the tunnel. Lupul would miss his second straight game, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle announced later without acknowledging it was because he had suffered a concussion.
Like all of us, Lupul is now officially day-to-day.
The question of course, is why?
Why so vague? Why so evasive? Why is one of the most visible pulpits in hockey — head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs — the place where an informed discussion of concussion and its significance for the sport falls on deaf ears?
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Whether Lupul’s injury is significant or not is a matter for another day. He wasn’t available for comment after the game. And while Leafs coach Randy Carlyle reported that Lupul felt “fine,” pronouncing him “50-50” to participate in Friday’s practice, it was difficult to know what to make of the coach’s assessments. Though no one in Leafland uttered the word “concussion,” Lupul has previously suffered at least a couple significant head injuries during his NHL career. Teammate John-Michael Liles, who missed time last season with a concussion, acknowledged the obvious concern.
“It’s definitely scary, just because it’s such an unpredictable thing,” Liles said. “But you hope for the best.”
Lupul’s well-being, of course, is inextricably linked to that of his team. The Maple Leafs had been clearly enlivened in the previous six games in which he had been in the lineup since he returned from a 25-game absence with a fractured forearm. They hadn’t lost a game in regulation during the run, going 4-0-2 with Lupul on board. Though he’d also served a two-game suspension, until Thursday night Lupul had scored in every game since his return from his broken arm, racking up eight goals and five assists in those six games. The club had been singing the praises of his contagious presence.
“When you’ve got players like Lupul who play at that level, everybody jumps on board,” Claude Loiselle, the Leafs assistant general manager, was saying the other day. “Those are the types of players that bring out the best in other players.”
Lupul found himself between Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill and you can see Lupul's head snap back but I don't really see anything flagrant on the play and no penalty was called.
Lupul went to the dressing room and has not returned.
Here is the explanation.
Lupul received 2 minutes for an illegal check to the head.
added 10:20pm, Lupul post-game on the hit...
“Joffrey has proven to be a dynamic offensive player and since joining our hockey club he has fit in extremely well with our team,” said Leafs senior vice-president and general manager Dave Nonis in a statement. “His alternate captaincy is well deserved and, by signing this extension, we look forward to him playing a large role with the Leafs for many years to come.”
The injury occurred when David Krejci delivered this hit.
This trade did not happen because of Lupul.
In a one for one trade, Beauchemin can fetch a better player than Lupul from another team.
Brian Burke knows this.
What Burke also knows though is that there aren’t any teams out there that would give up a prospect like Jake Gardiner on top of a player like Lupul and a pick for a player like Beauchemin.
That is the trade in a nut shell.
So who is Jake Gardiner?
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Francois Beauchemin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Joffrey Lupul and defenseman Jake Gardiner.
“We are thrilled to be able to reacquire Francois,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He is a physical, puck-moving defenseman with tremendous character. We would also like to wish Joffrey Lupul well in Toronto. He’s worked very hard to return from a serious ailment and we hope he can get his career back on track.”
from Lindsay Kramer at NHL.com,
The low point wasn’t the pain in Anaheim forward Joffrey Lupul’s back as much as it was the anguish on the face of his father, Craig.
Craig Lupul was one of the family members and friends who gathered in Joffrey’s house in Newport Beach, Calif., last June as Joffrey tried to recover from two back surgeries. Six weeks of antibiotics was thought to have cured a subsequent infection, but another one was attacking him hard and his family could only watch as Joffrey struggled to get well.
Lupul could manage the physical discomfort. But reading the worry on Craig’s face was a sobering tip-off to a real career threat at hand.
“I literally couldn’t leave the house. I was in a lot of pain. It wasn’t the pain I was concerned about. It was six months after the surgery,” Lupul said. “Those thoughts (that he might be done playing) stick into your head. You want to block them out.”
No matter which team you cheer for, it is always nice to see a story like this turn out with a positive ending.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
Ducks winger Joffrey Lupul will miss the opening of training camp and likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season due to a reoccurrence of a blood infection in his back.
Lupul said Monday he suffered the setback one month ago and stopped training because of the discomfort. Results from blood tests showed that the infection had returned, according to the team.
Lupul will continue to take antibiotics for another four weeks and cannot do any physical activity during that time. He will be re-evaluated on or around Sept.20, about two or three days after the Ducks open camp….
“It’s really frustrating,” Lupul said. “I haven’t played hockey in a long time. I was hoping to be ready on day one of camp. But now my focus has changed. I want to get rid of this. I’m very confident I can get back playing and playing well.”
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
It looks like the Ducks will be without a significant piece of their offense for a while longer.
Winger Joffrey Lupul is a candidate for back surgery, Coach Randy Carlyle said after the morning skate.
“We don’t know if that’s 100 percent (sure), but it’s a probablility at this point,” Carlyle said.
Carlyle did not say what kind of procedure Lupul could undergo.
more on the Ducks…
According to FoxNews,
The host of Oxygen’s new show “Pretty Wicked” CariDee English (was) court side at a Knicks game with Philadelphia NHL flyer Joffrey Lupul on Friday.
From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
The Philadelphia Flyers remain slightly above the $56.7 million salary cap for next season, leading to speculation GM Paul Holmgren will consider shopping a right winger, since he’s got plenty of depth at that position.
Joffrey Lupul was considered a potential candidate given his $2.3 million cap hit for next season, but given recent reports that he’s close to signing a new four-year contract with the Flyers, he’s probably staying put.
Other trade candidates could include Mike Knuble, Scottie Upshall or Steve Downie. Knuble’s $2.8 million cap hit for next season makes him the likely candidate.
And check out James Mirtle’s list of remaining free agents.
According to the Team 1260 Radio in Edmonton, Lupul has agreed to terms on a four-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers. An announcement is expected to be made on Monday.
Last season, Lupul scored 20 goals and added 26 assists for 46 points in 56 games with the Flyers. He added four goals and six assists in 17 playoff games.
Paul Holmgren at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
“Lupul has been diagnosed with mild concussion. However, the more concerning injury is that he sustained a spinal cord contusion at the level of his fifth & sixth cervical vertebrae, which are located in the neck area. It’s creating some tingling sensations in his hands. The X-rays are negative on any real damage. But right now we have to give Joffrey some complete time off. He’s going to take a couple weeks off from doing pretty much everything and then we’ll evaluate him at that point two weeks from now.”
Watch the video as Hatcher hit Steen of the Leafs and his own teammate, Lupul.
from the Courier-Post,
Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter may have played 2,000 miles apart last season, but they shared similar growing pains on a pair of teams grounded by injuries after sky-high expectations.
“It was a bad year,” Lupul said of his first and only season in Edmonton, where the Oilers finished last in the Northwest Division with a 32-43-7 record.
“A tough year all around.”
“It was one of the biggest learning experiences of my life,” echoed Carter, who saw the Flyers finish with the NHL’s worst record (22-48-12).