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Rielly to stick with Leafs, Lupul (foot) to get X-ray

Oct 24, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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Thursday was a good news, bad news sort of day in Toronto.

On the good, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle announced rookie d-man Morgan Rielly would stick with the club for the season, rather than be dispatched back to WHL Moose Jaw.

“He’s earned the opportunity to be part of our group,” Carlyle explained, as per TSN.

Rielly, 19, has appeared in eight games for the Leafs this year, notching four assists while averaging over 18 minutes per night. Though he’s posted a minus-3 rating and has been a healthy scratch, Rielly has shown enough to stick with Toronto for the duration of the 2013-14 campaign.

So that’s the good.

The bad is that All-Star forward Joffrey Lupul, who hobbled off the ice during Thursday’s practice, didn’t return. Lupul took a puck off the foot (Carlyle appeared perturbed Lupul wasn’t wearing a shot blocker on his skates) and was headed for X-rays, according to TSN’s Jonas Siegel.

Lupul, 30, currently sits second on the team in scoring with six goals and 10 points in 10 games. But, as has often been the case with Lupul, injury threatens to derail a successful campaign — last year he missed extensive time with a concussion and broken forearm; the year prior, he was sidelined with a separated shoulder.

  1. sunderlanding - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Lupul hurt? Is anyone suprised by that? I’m suprised when he’s healthy.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Speaking of the Leafs. Did I miss a post on this hockey blog or did they really have nothing on the recent death of Allan Stanley, the Hall of Fame d-man who was a major cog in their 4 Cup wins in the 1960s?

    • withseidelinn - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      There was a tribute to him on HNIC last week I believe.

    • shamu1the1whale - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Nothanks: I think you’re right. It looks like this blog didn’t run a story on Stanley’s passing. The main NHL website did have a story on him, but not here that I could find.

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