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Free-falling Leafs lose Lupul (knee surgery) for three weeks

Apr 7, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

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Having already absorbed numerous blows to their playoff lives, the Maple Leafs received another one on Monday as the club learned Joffrey Lupul would miss the next three weeks to undergo knee surgery.

Lupul, who missed last Thursday’s big OT win over Boston, returned for Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Winnipeg but was ineffective, finishing minus-1 in just over 12 minutes of action. Prior to getting hurt, Lupul sat third on the team in goals (22) and was averaging 18:28 TOI per game, so losing his services for the final three regular season games will be tough.

Toronto heads into tonight’s action three points back of Columbus for the final wild card spot in the East, with the Jackets holding a game in hand.

On a larger scale, one has to wonder if the Leafs have any regrets for the five-year, $26.25 million extension they gave Lupul last January. The 30-year-old had major injury concerns prior to signing, and has had more health issues since — he missed 30 games last season with a broken forearm and concussion, and has been sidelined for 10 games this year with knee, foot and groin problems.

  1. ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    wait what? knee surgery? 3 weeks? I know medicine has come a long way but damnnnn…

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Agreed, I was ready to read he was gone until next season. That’s crazy. Must not be a major surgery I guess? Still seems like a short recovery time..

    • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      i’m no expert on this, but I’d imagine that it’s arthroscopic (with a tiny camera and tools inserted into the skin thru a couple small slits, unscientifically speaking). even still, I’ve seen NHLers be out months after arthroscopic surgery. that’s pretty amazing to me that they can give that sort of timetable.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      It means that he is gone until next season.

    • dolanster - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Yah. Three weeks = season is over for the Leafs.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        lol we got the joke when imgoingtowichita said it.

  3. blomfeld - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Apart from falling, what else can one expect a leaf to do ?

  4. slysipops - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    with 1 week left in the season and TORONTO not looking to strong to go into the playoffs, does it matter ?

    • beergold - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      It matters to someone……”Heartbroken Leaf fan looking for love and release from ongoing self abuse…Must love Golf!” – Dooman

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