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Lupul (concussion) cleared for contact

Apr 14, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

Joffrey Lupul AP

News keeps getting better for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After disposing the rival Canadiens last night, they find out today injured winger Joffrey Lupul has been cleared for contact.

Lupul spoke with media today in Toronto and says he’s feeling better after suffering a concussion against the Flyers on April 4. He also says he’s at fault for getting hit the way he did as Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star shares.

“I was disappointed with myself, putting myself in the situation to take that hit,” said Lupul. “I knew who I was on the ice with and where the puck was. I thought I located both those guys, but I didn’t see what way [Jay] Rosehill was coming.

“I take responsibility for that. You’ve got to protect yourself. I should have protected myself. Those two guys shouldn’t be taking me out of the lineup.”

The other player in that pileup was Adam Hall. A first-line caliber player getting taken out by a pair of fourth liners is a bit regretful. For Lupul, this seasons been especially tricky as he’s played in just 10 games. Toronto will be happy to have him back when he’s ready, especially for the postseason.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Anybody interested learning about the science of concussions should watch Head Games on Netflix or read the book. And if you’re inclined to do that, then watch The Last Gladiator. I’m a strong proponent of banning fights for the sole purpose of preventing brain trauma.

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