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Leafs’ Lupul ‘very disappointed’ by Olympic snub

Jul 26, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Joffrey Lupul AP

Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul isn’t mincing words about being left off Team Canada’s 47-man roster for August’s Olympic orientation camp.

“I was very disappointed,” Lupul told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. “In my mind, it’s a place I thought I would be.”

Despite missing 32 games last year with a broken forearm, concussion and suspension, Lupul still enjoyed a good amount of success.

He scored 11 goals and 18 points in 16 regular-season games, then scored three times against Boston in an opening-round playoff loss.

That, combined with 67 points in 66 games in 2011-12, was enough for Toronto to give Lupul a five-year, $26.25 million extension just days into the 2013 campaign.

Lupul admits that while he thought he deserved to be invited to camp — and is aware he could still play himself into the mix — he knows it’ll be tough making the final roster.

“There are so many talented players on the list that you can’t point at any names and say they don’t deserve to be there,” he explained. “Let’s face it, you could probably pencil in a lineup right now.”

  1. spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Leaf players are just as delusional as it’s owners & fans
    Lupul and Bozak confirm this as fact

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Still better than being a yokel married to his cousin in Kanata.

      • sens101 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        1943mrmojorisin1971…..leave Kanata out of this!
        Tanking for Connor McDavid is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Also, sorry Lupul while you have been a good player for the last two seasons, there are so many better options than you. Yzerman likes to bring pairs of players from teams that already have chemistry (see 2010 team) to facilitate for a short time for players to gel. Lupul wont be on the team when you have guys like stamkos, giroux, stall, tavares who will be playing wing. I don’t even know why this is news. If i consider myself to be a contender for the team and get left off…is it news to me when i dont make it? lol

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Leafs fans are the worst fans in the league. totally delusional. they have gotten the results they deserve. No hope. Not even a SCF game in 58 years. longest streak of futility in sports. other teams have at least gotten to the finals, but the leafs… for them making the playoffs is like a SCF.

      • chicagobtech - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        kaptaanamerica, the Chicago Cubs would like to have a word with you about futility streaks.

    • timsabourin - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      obv still hasn’t gotten over being a sens fan…it’s ok buddy

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Im a Red Wings fan, I just happen to know Spezza from Junior. Leafs are a joke, they should be trading Dion and Phil, tanking and setting themselves up for Connor McDavid in 2015 but instead they will hold onto being mediocre for another 5 years, with nothing and continue being the Leafs.

        At least if they had McDavid, Clarkson could play wing for him the rest of his life and somehow justify paying Clarkson all that money.

        Instead we will see the Leafs scratch and claw to make the playoffs, do nothing once there and have a repeat of Sundin’s entire career.

      • jhmiddleton81 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Tank for Connor McDavid? Oh that would be awesome no doubt about it, getting a generational talent like him, but it’s not going to happen the Leafs are an extremely talented team, offensively, defensively, and in goal, there are 2 guys over 30 on this team and they just gained valuable playoff experience against the stanley cup runners up, they will be better than last year on both ends of the ice

      • timsabourin - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        what up name drop? get over yourself/off spezza’s D.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        “extremely talented team”
        Thing is, they’re not. They are a fringe playoff team who now has to deal with the Red Wings in their division.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Trade Dion and Kessel to intentionally bomb to get McDavid? Wow you are crazy ignorant. That’s about the dumbest plan I’ve ever heard.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        The Leafs have refused to rebuild for 30 years and won nothing in your lifetime.
        How’s that working out for yas?

        The Wings needed to be the Dead Wings to get Yzerman
        The Avs needed the Nords to get Sakic and Forsberg
        The Pens needed to be god awful to get Crosby and Malkin.

        The Avs roster has a much brighter future now than the Leafs. How did they get in that position? In fact I’d take at least 20 teams roster and prospects over the Leafs.

        But you Leaf fans keep thinking being a long shot year after year after year is the way to go. It’s only been how many years since they seen a finals?

        Kessel is a defensive nightmre, and will never win a Cup while he is the #1 player on the team.

        Been saying the same thing for nearly 20 years about the Leafs and it’s still true. Maybe one day yas will get a GM who has some guts and actually has a few rebuild seasons rather the desperate year to year hope of the playoffs and getting lucky.

        So again, no fan base is out to lunch and clueless to how a team should be built for long term success than Leaf fans.

        Oh and the Sens were an expansion team, that suffered for years, and they were able to build a consistent winner for a spell than was at least able to reach the finals.

        Not the Leafs though, lol
        You Leaf fans crack me up

      • sunderlanding - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Clearly you haven’t followed hockey very long. The Red Wings were still good long after Stevie reitred without a top ten pick. They haven’t picked in the top ten in a long time, or did you forget that part? The Leafs sucked for years because there owner/GM ballad was cheap and rufused to spend money. He was around for 30 years. Refusing to spend to compete when the Leafs (one of the most profitable teams) could’ve been in the mix year after year. Finally when he died they made back to back semi-finals because they were allowed to spend. They, believe it or not, are finally getting back to respectability. It takes a long time to stop what Ballard did to the team. If you don’t believe me look it up. They’ve written entire books about his incompetence.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Good luck making the playoffs again this year, it’s going to be rough, now that a real franchise has been added to the mix. Wings are in another class compared to your Leafs.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        Wings are going down. Leafs are comming up. Wait and see.

      • timsabourin - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        and he huffed, and he puffed…

      • timsabourin - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        seriously though.. yas???

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Agreed, leafs fans and players suffer from ‘blue and white’ disease.. it’s well documented. google it and you’ll see.

      Leafs WON’T make the playoffs this season. Mark my words down and when they are out I expect Leafs fans who disagree with a thumbs down or hateful comments to issue a public apology to me.

      Nonis will not get the leafs to the playoffs and will be fired after depleting the leafs of any prospects and draft picks. The guy ran Vancouver dry of picks and prospects at the trade deadline each year and didn’t get anything done.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Oh the Blackhawks needed 3rd overall and 1st overall to get Toews and Kane.

        But again, Leaf fans know that not rebuilding….ever is another way to go…I’m always baffled by Leaf fans who don’t get it.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Hopefully the Leafs plan is to let Kessel and Dion play out their final year, not traded them, narrowly miss playoffs, and watch both players leave town for nothing.

        And then be bad enough for McDavid in 2015

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Look, I’m not a Leafs fan spezza but you’re just hating for the sake of hate. The Leafs are an up-and-coming club. They have some solid, young talent. Was it ridiculous to give Clarkson that contract? Absolutely. Is Bozak worth over 4mil annually? No. But that doesn’t mean they won’t help a solid core. Bernier and Reimer have a chance to be an excellent combination. Their D is respectable, although it gets weaker if they deal Franson. And they have some pretty talented forwards. They may not be a true Cup contender but they seem to be a safe bet to make the playoffs again.

  2. colby7 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    My first thought.. I can’t remember is he American? No way he cracks Canada’s roster.

    Much better players are complaining much less for being left off the list.

  3. 19to77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    He’s a point-per-game two-way winger and a leader in the locker room, not to mention clutch as hell in big games. I can see why he’s surprised. That said, Canada’s centre depth is so absurd he’d be competing for a bottom-six winger spot with some guys who are #1 centres in the NHL. He’ll have to be stellar next season to have a shot, but he did deserve a tryout at least. Jeff Carter and Milan Lucic managed to get a call.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      On the big ice, it’s hard to imagine how Milan Lucic would be more useful than Joffrey Lupul. Lupul can play both wings too. For a team that is heavy with centers and lacking decent wingers, you’d think one of the best wingers in the NHL over the last two years would get the call.

  4. ruthlessandtoothless - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Maybe if Lupul could keep all of his body parts attached for more than a month at a time he’d have gotten more consideration. His injuries are too well documented to trust him with a roster spot especially when equally skilled players are waiting to replace him if he goes down anyway.

  5. pone27 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Lol, Lupul would have zero shot regardless which forward position he plays.

    Look, I like Lupul, I think he’s a solid player, but come on. You Leafs fans REALLY think he deserves a shot on Canadas roster? On most teams in the NHL, he is not a first line F. We all know that the top countries in the Olympics, for the majority (especially North America) all contain bonafide top 3 Fs.

    Sorry Leafs fans, all you got is Kessel, essentially.

    • 19to77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Point-per-game forwards aren’t deserving of first-line time? Literally no team in the NHL is deep enough to be that stupidly dismissive of a guy with his talent. He’d be a top line guy on every team in the League, especially considering he can play either wing.

      • timsabourin - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        19to77 is my DUDE!!!!

    • 19to77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Oh, and Kadri’s a point-per-game guy too. Seven or eight teams in the League don’t have any of those. Toronto has three. They were sixth in goals-for this season. Did you mean “Sorry Leafs fans, all you have is one of the highest-scoring lineups in the game”? Kessel didn’t score all of those himself. Hell, JVR and Kadri were each only two goals behind him for the team lead.

      Don’t knock a team unless you know the first thing about it, bud.

      • sens101 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        KAdri was on fire for the first 25-30 games of the season and “overproduced” or produced at an astrnomical rate that could not be upheld. Thus why he did NOTHING in the second half of the year. Last year was a short season. I think Kadri has great upside, but lets see how he does this upcoming season during a full year with all the pressure that toronto and its fans has to offer. I’d be willing to bet he will be around 0.6ppg this season. Also, Kadri cant play defense for his life. He was a turnover maching against the B’s in the first round and is not trusted to play against top 6 forwards. Lupul has had two good seasons in a row. I believe that he can be a consistent top 6 forward, but I’m sorry not on the olympic team. SO many good players have been left off.

  6. uscthom78 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    He didn’t get invited due to a lup hole.

  7. kfrase99 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Going to come back to the whole Leafs are a joke argument in a second, but Lupul realistically had zero chance at making that squad. Good player, but that roster will be stacked at the forward position.

    As a diehard Bruins fan, the Leafs are definitely for real – they should have moved on to the semi’s but 7-8 bad minutes cost them big time. They got better this offseason but now with Detroit in the division, Ottawa getting a year older and Bobby Ryan, and MTL getting tougher, this division is going to wear each other out this season. I think it’s going to be a dog fight between Boston, MTL, and TOR for the division with Detroit and Ottawa in the mix until the end.

  8. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Canada’s going to lose anyways.

    The guys they took (aside from the obvious ones like Crosby, Stamkos, etc) are a joke. It’s like Yzerman and the guys running Team Canada don’t understand what kind of players they need to win on big ice. You need FAST players. There’s a lot of good young players that should have been invited, but Yzerman et al invited their old timer friends instead. It’s the same sort of Team Canada that always loses at the olympics. Our goaltending is pretty sketchy too.

    I’ll be happy if Canada even medals.

    • 19to77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Crosby, Stamkos, Giroux, Toews, Tavares, Duchene, Hall, Eberle, Sharp, Perry, Couture, Marchand. All skaters who in no way lack for speed. All very well-suited to larger rinks. Do you even know half those names?

    • 19to77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Seriously, the average age of this team is 27 and 23 players are at or under the age of 26. What the actual f*ck are you on about?

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Yeah yeah… sure thing, kid. What are you 12 years old and only watched the last olympics?

        I’ve seen Canada bring WAY better teams than this to the big ice and still find a way to lose. You need fast two way players, not lumbering neaderthals like Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Milan Lucic, Dion Phaneuf, Marc Method, etc. Sweden and Russia will skate circles around them. There are WAY more useful players than these guys that they could have/should have invited over these guys.

      • 19to77 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Assuming they’re taken. You DO understand the difference between a tryout invite and an actual roster invitation, yes? I don’t need to explain it to you, do I? The Phaneufs and Thorntons aren’t getting taken. Lucic definitely isn’t. Guy barely produces second-liner points in the NHL and nearly everyone else on that list is an All-Star.

        What you can expect are the fast, skilled younger players like Giroux, Tavares, Hall and Duchene to have better shots at forward, and guys like Doughty, Keith and Subban (please God not Letang) to get the call on defense.

        So go on, run your mouth if it makes you feel good about yourself, but when the roster’s announced you’ll be eating your words.

  9. hosewater2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Clear demonstration of East Coast Media Bias right here. This is hardly a question, let alone a news story.

  10. mathieug79 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    fhat in the Wuck?

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