Next up on the player review list is Joffrey Lupul.
It was a whirlwind season for the man who has rejuvenated his career in Toronto. Lupul signed a 5-year deal worth 26.25M, got hurt twice, suspended once, and still potted 18 points in only 16 games before notching four more points in seven playoff games.
I gave Lupul a 7, which was the second lowest ranking any of the writers here gave him (Mike gave him a six, if you were wondering). A seven to me means he had a “pretty good” season overall, relative to his role. Lupul’s expected to score and play in a top six role, which he obviously did when he was healthy. However, he played less than 50% of the games and whether you think the injuries were his fault or not, it’s a recurring theme with Lupul at this point.
In fairness, Lupul did do well to not allow his injuries to affect his play. Whenever he jumped back into the line-up he was clearly ready to go. In the grand scheme of things, though, I just can’t give a player a high rating based on 18 of 48 games.
Going into next season, the question with Lupul will be whether Carlyle plays him with Kessel again to create an all-out scoring line that is poor defensively, or whether Lupul is paired up with last season’s partner Nik Kulemin to help balance out his deficiencies defensively; perhaps playoff line mate Frattin will be reunited with Lupul again, too.
Regardless of what line Lupul does end up on, we know what he brings at this point: he’s a pure scorer who will get dirty in front of the opposition’s net, and he’s the emotional leader of the team.
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Morning Folks . This Colorado thing is really interesting. I'm very surprised . Jones is an American kid with links to Denver . From a marketing perspective alone it would make sense they pick Jones. I'm guessing its the Roy factor coming into play here . He's very familiar with McKinnon and Drouin. Also heard Jones wasn't the fittest at the combine. If this is true I'm kinda shocked they are not picking Jones. This draft just got a whole lot more interesting
I wonder if Blackhawks fans were embarrassed when they came back against the Canucks from being down 3-0 in a series, only to lose in game 7 in overtime. I get the sense that ppl around here are forgetting we were down 3-1 to a team we never friggin beat, came back and dominated them for 80% of the remainder of the series but unfortunately came up short with a lesson to be learned. We are a team to be reckoned with and that will continue for years to come, we can thank Boston beating us in that final game for that, believe it or not, it will make us better than the alternative win. Chances are we would've lost to one of the Rangers, Penguins and especially Blackhawks. Instead, we lost to a team we SHOULD'VE beaten, and that will only make us more hungry going forward as an organization. Great things coming, be proud Leafs Nation.
So if Sakic and Roy are going to pick a forward i.e. MacKinnon then Stastny or Duchene would be available quite soon.
What would be price be for Stastny and for Duchene?
From Tim Panaccio:
2 NHL sources tell CSN Flyers & ANA talking of Bobby Ryan. Among scenarios being discussed: Coburn, 11th pick for Ryan... more later
One criticism that must be mentioned - he is absolutely the worst forward at chipping pucks out. Way to many turnovers and for a smarter than average player, I just don't get why he doesn't make the safe play when it required.
Ok clearly silly season is start on. This is just sport networks and reporters looking for hits on their websites and attention on Twitter. We should be used to this by now people. Hold fast boys.
what up with the bernier trade talk?? i hink we have a stud goalie in riemer. our focus is a legit number 1 centre. sign s.wiess hes a good hockey just on shitty panthers teams but he can still rack up point,put him on with kessel jvr look out
leafs are in good shape with the cap dollar make 1 or 2 free agent signnings bring up few marlies and lets rock next year
Anyone know where Tim and Sid live? I want to go punch them both in the face.
They're currently debating, "could the Rask for Raycroft deal actually be worse than the Kessel deal?"
This Bernier thing seems to have legs...not sure I hate it...but I am happy with Reimer and Scrivens
Through five games:
- Leafs with 101:27 in lead time;
- Bruins with 90:36 lead time.
- Leafs (58:57);
- Bruins (0:44).
How the Flyers negotiate:
Flyers: "What do you want for Bernier?"
Kings: "Let's start with a fresh cheese steak. You may have to add a little more, but we need this guy gone!"
Flyers: "Okay, we'll throw in Claude Giroux"
@canuckintheuk This draft is more open than in many years. Can't remember the last time to many Top 10 draft team have been talking about moving their picks.
@Alec Brownscombe Hey Alec! Not sure what is going on but I am not able to vote and give the thumbs up/thumbs down the past 2 or 3 days. Seemed to be ok until recently. Not it just shows like its spinning like its searching.
@Alec Brownscombe JFJ thought he had the right young goalie after he picked Pogge in 2004. I've always wondered if the Bruins would have taken Pogge instead of Rask
@Alec Brownscombe Wow really? Tim and Sid are retarded. The Kessel deal shouldn't be debated anymore, at least in my opinion. Yes we did loose out on the Rask deal but Reimer played just as well as he did this postseason I thought. I'd say we won drafting him in the fourth round. And Scrivens was a college signing I believe and he has potential. Another win for us.
@Alec Brownscombe Generally speaking, the deals you lose are worse than the deals you win.
@DeclanK We don't need to be reminded of that.
Until it sleeps
@DeclanK Just more useless stats Dec. The only stat that matters is who's winning after 60.
@DWCMLHS Those Philadelphia Chees steaks are damn good though.
@mcloki Now that you posted it, I say tomorrow lol.
@whalz Sportsnet's 5 reasons to avoid Bernier
@sniperstar @DeclanK why not, we should be proud of what our boys did, you guys are too sensitive. We played a great friggin series against the potential cup champs. Better than teams like the Penguins, Blackhawks (up to this point) and the Rangers. The reminder of that will be key in our teams development, not sure why ppl are so rotten and embarrassed by such a great showing.
@Xxxxxnew That article is almost a year old.
yeah pretty much,,,,,,,,,maclean mentioned how LA wont take salary back,,,,,,,he mentioned leafs 21st overall would have to be included,,,,,but MAC is clueless
@mike_84 Bernier's only played something like 64 games.
@mike_84 I'm not even convinced the Leafs are looking for more experience in net. I think that's just a fall out from the media-generated Kiprusoff fiasco...
@mike,,,,,,,,,,,,i was just thinking the same thing,,,kipper must still suffer from concussion like symptoms,,,,,lol
@ProfessorRance @Alec Brownscombe @Xxxxxnew I think we bombed Rask 4-0 in the semi final before beating the Russians, but I remember him having a pretty decent tourney. Pogge had a breakout junior year in Calgary that season too. I dont think he was an early candidate for the Team Canada goalie job.