No suspension for Lupul

No suspension for Lupul

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Just a $10,000 maximum fine and no missed games for Joffrey Lupul after his cross check on Patrick Eaves in the Winter Classic.

As Lupul and Eaves tried to locate the puck inside the Red Wing blueline in the first period, Lupul went to push Eaves with a cross check and caught Eaves in the neck/side of the face area. Lupul’s focus is on the puck in Eaves’ feet and Eaves is hunched over, but Lupul was reckless in his application of the cross check.

That the conditions were brutal and the players were having to search through the snow for the puck may have been a factor in this ruling. Lupul and the Leafs in the hearing may have successfully played the card, “If we’re playing in conditions where we’re half blind…”

A cross-check shove, of which this is a mild version, while a player protects or shields the puck really isn’t all that uncommon. Lupul missed the shoulder and definitely deserved the fine, but a suspension would’ve been harsh. Eaves, who has a history of jaw injury and concussion, has had his jaw reset after the incident, but is feeling fine (or seemingly better than before?) and isn’t expected to miss any games:

“Everything’s good to go now,” Eaves said. “It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was; my teeth weren’t lined up. I was pretty sore right away. But it’s back in the right spot and feels a lot better.”
Lupul was fined $10,000 by the NHL for the hit — the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement — and avoided a suspension.
Eaves was out for more than 13 months with a concussion after suffered a fractured jaw when hit by a shot on Nov. 26, 2011. Lupul’s check caught him on the same side, but he wasn’t worried about a concussion.
“My head was fine the whole time; I was clear and everything,” Eaves said. “It was just the jaw; I’ve been down that road before and was hoping I didn’t have to go down it again.”

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716 comments
Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Alec, I went almost a week unable to load on my iPad. I could get onto the site but the main page would not hold. It would drop, and there would be a Leaf picture behind it, and then the site would drop. Have been able to connect the last couple of days. Being deprived of this site is a major problem for me.

Happy New Year To All!!!!!!!

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

good positive leafs news from Siegael No single aspect of the Leafs season at the midway point has been quite as reliable, and at times brilliant, as that of the goaltending. And the quiet, driving and highly influential presence behind the recently found

success is the 58-year-old St. Croix, now in his second season with the team.

A breath of fresh air lol

Ryan
Ryan

Stephen Whyno ‏@SWhyno26m

Carlyle expressing concern about van Riemsdyk, Kessel going to Olympics. Had 7 in Vancouver, said Canadians had "no emotion" left after.

DARF24
DARF24

Petterson should be suspended, if there is no fighting. 

mcloki
mcloki

Are you using Chrome or Safari on your iPad?

ingy56
ingy56

@Waiting4LSC Happy New Year Y'all...has to be warmer down there than up here. 

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Ryan Or, they have a kick ass tourney and come back full of confidence and kick ass the rest of the year.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Ryan  The NHL games played between the Olympics and when the playoffs start would be deadly. And last time the Olympics were in our yard. This year the players have to travel half way around the planet. 

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@Ryan I would imagine all coaches, GM's have concerns when their players are involved in Olympics.....mental/physical fatigue, chance of injury, etc......no surprise to me that Carlyle would be concerned........Can't wait to see the media run with this one....Carlyle bad man.......doesn't want his players representing their country......wait for it....lol  :)

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@Ryan  So am I ,freakish injuries always happen to the leafs somehow somwhere it seems

loomx
loomx

@Ryan Yep, that's why I don't care if Phaneuf doesn't make Team Canada. Hoping for a quick USA exit.

mcloki
mcloki

Ya European officials are so impartial.

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Jmessih Pretty sleazy of the Russians to start that shit. Don't think that Swedish guy coming out of the box is going to be playing much either. 

newkb
newkb

@ingy56 He needs to learn how to make dumb pinches and brutal giveaways before he can crack this lineup.....

mcloki
mcloki

So he's just replacing Liles in the press box.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Inge: For me, yes. My better half has been in Toronto since beginning of December visiting with family. She was describing the frost-quake phenomenon you are experiencing. I truly hope all on MLHS avoid any problems with this.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@theacs1966 I remember last time around coaches talking about how it was tough getting their players in gear again after they played in the games. Like getting up for exhibition games.

Ryan
Ryan

@Xxxxxnew 

Thats what I'm talking about. Plus with the political unrest near Sochi. Bringing family over to enjoy the experience must be weighing heavy on a lot of these athletes

Ryan
Ryan

@wendelsway1 

Me as a normal human I would be afraid to be the insurer of Team Canada.  

Ryan
Ryan

@Alec Brownscombe 

thought so too. Theirs an article to write about. Imagining playing for the Olympics the travel and emotional ups and downs then have to come back and play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

sniperstar
sniperstar

@Cloud09 @Jmessih I honestly have no problem with the Swedish guy coming out and grabbing a partner. Russia was on a 5 on 4 there and he jumped out and evened up the numbers.

ingy56
ingy56

@Jmessih @ingy56 I agree, let him get the feel of what Carlyle's trying to do and then get in. No sense throwing him to the wolves unprepared. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Burtonboy @Xxxxxnew @ingy56 Hurricanes fans seem to think he's had trouble since he suffered an inner ear injury a while ago. His game has just been off.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Xxxxxnew @Burtonboy @ingy56 Thats the single biggest thing I worry about with a player these days . If you can't skate you really have a hard time making it in todays NHL

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Burtonboy @ingy56 I've been chatting with fans on the Hurricanes main site and they don't think his skating is a problem

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Xxxx its an iPad 1. Never had the problem before. I had wondered if Livefyre had upgraded and the iPad was now incompatible. Since yesterday I appear to have a stable connection, so am confused, but happy.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Waiting4LSC Is a new iPad? I've been using my IPad 2 constantly on Safari  with wifi and havent had any interruptions. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Ryan @Xxxxxnew I think the NHL has always made it clear that participation in the Olympics will always be a negotiation/bargaining point for all of the reasons above. And on a side note, I'm surprised insurers haven't taken a tougher stand on extracurricular risks in hockey games like staged fights (maybe they have, and the NHL has just pays the premiums).

mcloki
mcloki

Or worse having to get up to play, Buffalo or Ottawa.

Cloud09
Cloud09

@ingy56 @Jmessih The guy is 30 years old and an established NHL defenseman. Aside from getting used to how the team plays how can he be unprepared??