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Leafs' Lupul separates shoulder, out 3-4 weeks

Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:18 pm
 
Lupul is right behind Kessel for the team lead in points. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

When it rains it pours, which is what is happening to the Toronto Maple Leafs right now. On Wednesday they announced that All-Star winger Joffrey Lupul is going to miss the next 3-4 weeks after separating his shoulder.

In the process, the Leafs also announced that Colby Armstrong is day to day after breaking his nose and the team called up Ashton Carter to fill in. Carter was the return from Tampa Bay in the Keith Aulie trade.

Just in case you still had hopes that the Leafs were going to turn things around under the guidance of new coach Randy Carlyle and get back into the playoff pictures, this news has to remove any hope. Lupul has been a massive part of Leafs this season since coming over from Anaheim. His 25 goals and 42 assists are good enough for the sixth-highest point total in the league at 67.

Losers of 11 of their last 13 games, this isn't exactly what the Leafs needed to hear, even if Carlyle and Lupul haven't always gotten along going back to their Anaheim days. I can't imagine that Carlyle is too happy with this news.

Sorry to say, Toronto, but at this rate it is looking like you are going to take the lead in the longest playoff drought (as long as the Panthers don't choke down the stretch).

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Comments

Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:14 am
 

Leafs' Lupul separates shoulder, out 3-4 weeks

I can"t see Carter being the anwser here!! It's hard as a hockey fan to watch the Leaf's
fail every year. I'm not happy that Wilson had to take the fall for it this year......




Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:30 pm
 

Leafs' Lupul separates shoulder, out 3-4 weeks

''Sorry to say, Toronto, but at this rate it is looking like you are going to take the lead in the longest playoff drought ...''  that plus the longest Stanley Cup drought at 45 years and counting. Way to go Torontoooo!



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Leafs' Lupul separates shoulder, out 3-4 weeks

At least   we CAN golf here in March..have fun at "Pretend Winter Fest Cause We Want Outsiders To Think We Like Winter And Summer Lasts One Week" Furthermore Phaque you and your 13,00 seat arena..it's all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ boys..someday maybe you'll make enough to leave Canada's armpit.




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:40 pm
 

Leafs' Lupul separates shoulder, out 3-4 weeks

Doesn't matter - they weren't going to catch the Jets anyways.  Almost time to dig out the golf clubs boyz! (again)



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Leafs' Lupul separates shoulder, out 3-4 weeks

shhhhhh... ya hear that... Its the only place in the world where fall happens twice a year. The leafs fall in november and march every year in Canada. Poor leafs nation... all five of you! 



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Leafs' Lupul separates shoulder, out 3-4 weeks

Big blow to the leafs, that might just end the playoff push right there unless somebody else steps up bigtime. 
It will be intersting to see how Carter steps in and if that trade was worth while.  


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