Skip to content

Leafs’ Lupul done with KHL: “It was a little worse than I bargained for”

Dec 17, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

Joffrey Lupul

Joffrey Lupul‘s Russian adventure is over.

That’s what the Toronto Maple Leafs forward told Sportsnet’s Fan 590 on Monday, saying he wouldn’t be returning to KHL Avtomobilist after the holiday break.

“It was probably a little more difficult than I thought, with the language barrier and living in a new country,” Lupul explained. “It was a little worse than I bargained for.”

Avtomobilist was the worst team in the KHL when Lupul arrived…and the worst team when he left. His presence didn’t seem to impact the team’s fortunes, if at all — in nine games he scored just 1G-3A-4PTS, and posted a minus-6 rating.

Lupul says he never truly felt comfortable in Russia and wants to get back to playing in North America.

“My heart’s here. I want to play here,” he said. “I want the season to start back up here, and hopefully I can be part of these meetings and negotiations.”

Oh, and here’s a great excerpt from the Fan 590 interview:

Lupul told The Fan Monday that he was walking down a Russian street with a new teammate and spotted an open man hole in the middle of the street – no cover. The forward suggested that it might be dangerous, that a pedestrian might fall in.

“Yeah, for sure someone will,” responded his KHL teammate.

“They’ll sue someone,” Lupul said.

“No, they don’t really sue people in Russia.”

Lupul probably feels comfortable now that he’s back in North America, where CBA negotiations have become totally litigious.

Related

Yakupov would like to see more towel twirling in the KHL

Kane on KHL stint: “You play six minutes a night and they want you to score three goals a game”

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Bruins extend tryout offer to Gustavsson

    Sep 4, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jonas Gustavsson AP

    Meanwhile, Daniel Paille still looks for work.

  2. Happy now? Kessel dropped 13 lbs. this summer

    Sep 4, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT

    Phil Kessel AP

    His critics get one fewer straw to grasp.

  3. Rich Peverley retires from NHL, joins Stars’ front office

    Sep 4, 2015, 2:25 PM EDT

    Rich Peverley AP

    He’ll reportedly work in the player development department.

  4. Rangers nab Chris Drury as director of player development

    Sep 4, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    Rangers Sign Chris Drury And Scott Gomez Getty Images

    GM Jeff Gorton is excited to bring him back to New York.

  5. Update: Multiple witnesses reportedly subpoenaed in Patrick Kane rape investigation

    Sep 4, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT

    Patrick Kane AP

    Everyone that was at his Hamburg home during the night of the alleged incident, to be exacted.

  6. Tyler Johnson should be ready for Lightning training camp

    Sep 4, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT

    Tyler Johnson AP

    He’s recovering from a broken right wrist.

  7. Zetterberg: Babcock leaving Detroit was best for both sides

    Sep 4, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

    Stanley Cup Finals - Detroit Red Wings v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Six Getty Images

    A summer of change provides “a fresh start.”

  8. Lightning’s Vasilevskiy out 2-3 months after getting blood clot removed

    Sep 4, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrei Vasilevskiy AP

    Less (or at least delayed) competition for Ben Bishop.

  9. Dmitry Orlov (wrist) ready after missing 2014-15

    Sep 3, 2015, 10:46 PM EDT

    Dmitry Orlov Getty Images

    He might serve on the Capitals’ third defensive pairing.

  10. Coyotes sign ’15 first rounder Nick Merkley

    Sep 3, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT

    Nick Merkley Getty Images

    He was Arizona’s second pick of the draft after Dylan Strome.

  11. Voynov detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    Sep 3, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT

    Slava Voynov AP

    They took him under custody from jail and now he’s awaiting a hearing with an immigration judge.

  12. Calgary presents Ryan Wilson with PTO

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Wilson Getty Images

    Can he find a role with the Flames given their deep blueline?

  13. Interviewer: Raanta’s rooting against Hawks quote is real, but needs context

    Sep 3, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT

    Antti Raanta Getty Images

    “Antti was frustrated after Chicago send him [a] second time [to the] AHL and he told me truly how he felt.”

  14. Caps’ Backstrom won’t rush return from hip surgery

    Sep 3, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

    Nicklas Backstrom Getty Images

    His availability for the season opener is in doubt.

  15. Seidenberg says trade rumors were ‘a slap in the face’

    Sep 3, 2015, 2:03 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    Bruins d-man is using them as motivation for a bounce-back campaign.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (2077)
  2. P. Kessel (1523)
  3. M. Richards (1332)
  4. N. Backstrom (1232)
  5. M. Giordano (1137)