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Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul cleared to play

Dec 5, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

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The last time we saw Joffrey Lupul in an Anaheim Ducks sweater was December 8th, 2009 against the Dallas Stars. Today, the team activated Lupul off of the long term injured list and it appears he’ll be ready to play tonight against the Coyotes.

Lupul has missed the last year after developing a blood infection after undergoing back surgery. The infection slowed Lupul’s recovery from surgery and sapped the energy from his system. Getting him back in the lineup gives the Ducks a needed offensive boost as Teemu Selanne is hampered by a nagging groin injury. Lupul would be able to slot right in on the second line with Saku Koivu and Jason Blake when he’s ready to go. Whether or not that will be tonight remains to be seen.

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