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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).