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Leafs’ Lupul to miss third straight game with ‘upper-body injury’

Apr 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul will miss his third consecutive game on Wednesday, as he didn’t travel with the team to New York to take on the Rangers.

Lupul, 29, hasn’t played since taking this heavy hit from Flyers forwards Jay Rosehill and Adam Hall on Apr. 4:

The Leafs have been calling the ailment an “upper-body” injury over the last week and have been very cautious regarding the topic of a potential concussion.

“No that’s a bad word,” head coach Randy Carlyle said over the weekend. “We don’t use that word until we’re 100 per cent sure on any of those situations medically.

“The term concussion, in today’s sporting world, you want to make sure you’re 100 per cent sure before you start using that one.”

Lupul’s had a frustrating year in terms of trying to get into the lineup. He missed a bunch of time with a broken arm and, shortly after returning, served a two-game suspension for hitting Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman.

Now, he’s back on the shelf with his latest injury.

Despite all this, Lupul has still managed to rack up 14 points in 10 games and earn himself a five-year, $26.25 million extension from the Leafs.

  1. 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    So when is “100% sure,” Randy? A month AFTER you get the medical report with the word “concussion” stamped all over it? Face it, Leafs management, the fans and the media have all noticed how many “upper-body injuries” were edited to concussions after the fact. Why this team insists on keeping every concussion “secret” I’ll never understand.

  2. tatdue - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Injuries aren’t edited to concussions after the fact…what ever that means. They will call it a concussion when and if they know it’s a concussion! They never tried to say that Gardiner’s concussion was something else did they? There is no conspiracy here people. Does every MMA fighter that gets his bell rung and staggers about before he gets knocked out have a concussion? You see it on TV…they get hit in the head and fall down, so it must be a concussion, right? You people have to stop listening to washed up, so called journalists like Grange…the guy is a donkey!

    Straight up….who cares? Lupul can’t play right now because he is hurt. It doesn’t matter why because it doesn’t change anything. I do think that it’s f’n hilarious though that all these people think that they know more than the Leafs and the medical staff that are treating him just because they saw the hit on video….not because they have seen all the test results but just because they seen it on TV…..

    • withseidelinn - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      If you’ve seen the way he’s been skating and practicing it’s just more evidence he isn’t concussed.

      • tatdue - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        I agree…

      • 19to77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        And yet: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/11/leafs-lupul-assumes-he-has-a-concussion/

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