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Brian Burke never thought Joffrey Lupul would be an All-Star

Jan 30, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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If nothing else, Brian Burke is honest. Sometimes he’s honest to a fault but you’ll never see him tiptoe around a question.

When TSN’s Jonas Siegel asked Burke if he told him a year ago that Joffrey Lupul would be an All-Star, what would he think, Burke gave Siegel a classic take.

“I’d have sent you for a urine test. We thought Joffrey could be a solid player on our team and a good addition. He has exceeded and excelled above whatever we had hoped for. He’s been terrific.”

Lupul is tied for fifth in points with Henrik Sedin and Steve Stamkos with 52, pretty lofty company for a guy who was coming off various ailments that kept him out of action in both Philadelphia and Anaheim. Now that he’s playing alongside Phil Kessel the two have blown up huge this season and are leading the Leafs towards a shot at the playoffs.

If the Leafs make the postseason we all might feel like taking a urine test as it’s been seven seasons since the Leafs last made the playoffs.

  1. babar61 - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Good for lupul, he always seemed like a good guy and player. I always felt bad for him…how many times has he been traded?

    • tcclark - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      twice for pronger and once for beauchemin I believe

    • imleftcoast - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      In the CBC telecast, Lupul and Hartnell came across as good guys who were having the time of their lives out there.

      NBC Sports, of course, can never get it together for hockey. Their mics weren’t working, and they put them on the goalies. No one talks to goalies brainiacs. Have you thought to hire one or two guys from the CBC to explain how to broadcast hockey?

  2. dreamzilla - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    he was on the oilers and i thought he was nothing more than a piece of the parts comming back to edmonton….now hes blown up….i wish we wouldve kept him on the oilers…damn!!!!!

  3. timthomashero - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    “Brian Burke never thought Joffrey Lupul would be an All-Star”

    Name one person who though Joffrey Lupul was going to playing in the All Star game this year.

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