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Lupul to miss road trip with a groin strain

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Joffrey Lupul

Try to act surprised, everybody.

Joffrey Lupul is back on the injury shelf. The Leafs‘ porcelain man appeared to tweak something as he pivoted in the corner in the second period of last night’s game. He limped off to the dressing room and didn’t return.

It’s being described as a grade-2 groin strain, which is defined as a partial tear of the muscles in the groin. LA goalie Jonathan Quick is currently sidelined with the same injury without a clear timetable for a return. Puck Daddy suggested Quick may be looking at a 4-6 week recovery period.

Lupul had been struggling for much of November. Throw out the three-assist game against New York and Lupul has one point in nine other November games.

There’s little doubt that the Leafs were relying on Lupul as a key piece in turning the offense around after scoring just 17 goals in 10 November games.

The injury plague continues to haunt the Leaf forwards, just as Tyler Bozak is returning and the team was looking relatively healthy. With Lupul, however, this is becoming a non-story.

Lupul’s first injury as a Leaf was a separated shoulder in March of 2012, sidelining him for the remaining 16 games of the 2011-12 season. He broke his forearm at the start of the 2013 season courtesy a Phaneuf slapshot, missing 25 games. He was suspended for two games and sustained a concussion in early April of 2013, adding up to seven more missed games and a total of 16 out of 48 games played in 2012-13.

This season he’s missed two games with a bruised foot, after taking a shot to the foot in practice, and now stands to miss a run of games with a groin injury.

Lupul won’t travel with the team for its upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Montreal. Randy Carlyle could shift a few things around and reinsert Trevor Smith into the fold, or he could recall Josh Leivo from the Toronto Marlies.

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225 comments
.JVR.
.JVR.

I think I'd put Holland back with JVR and Kessel tomorrow night and put Bozak between McClement and Kulemin as a shutdown line.

.JVR.
.JVR.

Alright, are we susposed to be on here or the Notebook thread? 

papa_Burke
papa_Burke

Ray Ferraro sounded like a beaten man on 1050 today he said he now knows what it feels like to be in the real world LOL Yeah right with an NHL pension and hes been in broadcasting for years. He sounded like someone who had been let go from a canning factory. Get over it Ray big boys dont cry

Cameron19
Cameron19

Been a really depressing season to be a Leafs fan thus far. How about some good news for a change?

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

So Newport has presented an offer to the Leafs on the Phaneuf contract . 7-8 yrs @ 7 mil plus. Leafs expected to counter very soon 

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

I guess with Sportnet it means that there will be more Bowen right?

.JVR.
.JVR.

So, how many years does McKenzie have left with TSN, because I'm guessing he'll be jumping ship to Sportsnet whenever his current deal expires.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Cameron19 

Alright, Leafs are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Is that good enough news?

whalz
whalz

I bet NONIS responds with a 5yr 7mil per and they end up agreeing on a  7-8yr 6.5 mil contract, little bit of a discount for longer deal.??

mcloki
mcloki

@Burtonboy Saturday hockey will start at 12, they will have an afternoon game, HNIC and then the west coast game. It;s going to be nuts.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih 

They lost me when they said, "TSN will continue to show the popular Hockey Night in Canada......."

mcloki
mcloki

@Ze_theLeafsFan Hoping that's so, but there's not a peep about how this is taking shape. I'm sure there will be a ton of movement. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@.JVR. McKenzie has been talking a lot about retirement in recent yrs. Would not surprise me if he worked the rest of his term with TSN and then just went to his cottage to drink wine all day long 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@whalz Says me . I'm going to be an insider for Sportsnet lol

mcloki
mcloki

@Burtonboy @.JVR. he'll be a hockey guy till the end. There's no retiring for him. Its something that's in his blood.

mcloki
mcloki

@Burtonboy @mcloki What everyone is going to realize tomorrow  is that SN just became the ESPN of Canada. And they are going to take over TV viewing.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@mcloki

Sounds like the CBC still gets the Stanley Cup Finals though, as they have a pre-existing agreement for that.

mcloki
mcloki

@rustynail @Burtonboy @mcloki No he was pretty respectful to the guys from TSN. But he does remember the bad times. Playoffs will make the SN guys .

.JVR.
.JVR.

@mcloki

Might not fully-retire, but I could see him taking on less of a role once his contract with TSN expires.  


Maybe sign a contract with Rogers and just work the Wednesday night games and do the draft and trade deadline shows.