Lupul is "probably" done playing, reports the Toronto Sun.
Lupul's last NHL game was two years ago. He underwent sports hernia surgery and never returned. "I'm thinking about like the best moments," said the winger. "I'm not thinking about getting multiple surgeries and breaking bones and like the bad parts, or the tough parts ... When I think about things like that, it's easier to let go of the fact that your body is not in good shape and it's probably not meant to play hockey anymore." Lupul racked up 420 points in 701 NHL games in his career, and remains on long-term injured reserve. He will earn $5.25 million this season.
Lupul (abdomen) failed his second physical and will begin the season on long-term injured reserve, Daren Millard of Sportsnet reports.
The story remains the same for Lupul -- there is still no timetable for him to return to NHL action after he missed all of the 2015-16 campaign with his injury. It's looking more and more like his playing days are over, but even if they somehow aren't, the veteran winger won't be a fantasy asset in basically any format.
Lupul (abdomen) once again took to social media on Wednesday to apologize for his "inappropriate response" following his failed physical at the start of training camp, reports the Toronto Star.
Lupul caused a controversy by calling out the Leafs and suggesting they were cheating by putting him on long-term injured reserve. "It was an inappropriate response, and I deleted it, but I take full responsibility," Lupul said on Twitter. "It's been extremely tough not being able to play over the past 1.5 years. I apologize to the media, fans, Leafs organization, and most of all my teammates for this unneeded distraction." Loops also said he hopes to get back on the ice some day, but he turns 34 on Saturday and will be hard-pressed to return to the NHL ever again.
Lupul used his verified Instagram account on Sunday to suggest he did not fail a physical as the Leafs announced late last week, reports the Toronto Star.
Lupul, who failed his physical last week and remains on long-term injured reserve, removed the "Haha failed physical. They cheat, everyone lets them," post a couple hours after it first went up. Loops also posted, "I'm ready. Just waiting the call." His injury has been shrouded in mystery since it happened and many believe the Leafs simply use the long-term IR to circumvent the salary cap. As it stands, Lupul will not play for the team and even if he was cleared, his salary is so high that it is likely impossible for any other team to consider adding him in trade.
As anticipated, Lupul (abdomen) did not pass his physical Thursday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.
Lupul was sidelined for the entire 2016-17 campaign due to a sports hernia and will likely remain out this year as well. The Leafs will use long-term injured reserve in order to get some cap relief, and the 33-year-old winger will almost certainly retire when his contract expires after this season.
Lupul, who missed the entire Maple Leafs campaign with a sports hernia injury, failed a physical at the end of the season, Kristen Shilton of TSN reports.
A versatile but injury-prone winger, it's been widely speculated that Lupul may have played his last game. The Buds have him under contract for one more year at $5.25 million, at which point he'd become an unrestricted free agent. If he does, in fact, hang up his skates for good, Lupul will finish with 420 points (205 goals, 215 assists) in 701 career contests split between the Ducks, Oilers, Flyers and Leafs.
Lupul was left unprotected by the Maple Leafs for the upcoming expansion draft, despite missing the entire season to injury. All other NHL players who missed the whole season because of injury were ruled ineligible for the draft, reports the Toronto Star.
"None of the draft exemptions were automatic," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "Each were evaluated on a case-by-case basis. That includes Lupul." So, that means one of two things. Either Loops believes he's healthy enough to play or Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello has a deal with Vegas GM George McPhee to take Lupul and stay away from someone like Kerby Rychel or Brendan Leipsic. The Leafs would need to sweeten the deal for the Knights to take Lupul's $5.25 million deal off their hands. But that contract would certainly help them reach the cap floor of $55.4 million.
Lupul (sports hernia) remains on Toronto's long-term injured reserve list.
Loops and his $5.25 million salary remain on the Leafs' payroll, but they get cap relief for that amount. Lupul was unable to start the season with the team after failing a team physical in September. He has one more year on his contract, but he will be 34 heading into next season and his career is in jeopardy.
Lupul (sports hernia) will start the 2016-17 season on injured reserve, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
Lupul has been dogged by injuries the last several seasons and could eventually find himself on long-term IR if he continues to be sidelined. For now, it appears the team is going to stick with him and hope that he can return to action later this year. During his abridged 2015-16 campaign, the veteran garnered just 11 goals and three helpers.
Lupul (sports hernia) is a buyout candidate after playing in just 280 games in the last six seasons.
The game has passed the oft-injured winger by, so the Leafs will need to trade him, buy him out or give him the Stephane Robidas rot on long-term IR treatment. Lupul is owed $9 million over the next two seasons, but it's a widely known secret around Toronto that he's played his last game in blue and white.
Lupul (sports hernia) is currently able to participate in light training activities and is expected to return in time for 2016-17 training camp, Dhiren Mahiban of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Lupul made just 46 appearances this season before suffering a sports hernia in early February. He still has two years remaining on his current contract with Toronto and figures to take on a similar role with the team during the 2016-17 campaign while playing on the wing.
Lupul (abdomen) will miss the remainder of the season, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Lupul will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia, and will be shut down for the remainder of the season as a result. There's no reason for the Maple Leafs to rush Lupul back, as they've been out of the playoff hunt for quite some time, and would be wise to use the final 24 games of the season to evaluate the young talent within their organization. 2015-16 was another relatively disappointing campaign for Lupul, as he finishes the season with just 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in 46 games. The 32-year-old winger should be ready for the start of next season's training camp.
Lupul will not travel with the team out west on the upcoming road trip due to a middle-body injury, Rob Langley of the Toronto Sun reports. The NHL Media site also indicates that he's been placed on injured reserve.
It's unclear exactly when Lupul sustained the mid-body injury, but it will likely cost him at least four games. He'll first be eligible to return Feb. 15 against the Blackhawks, but there's no guarantee he will be healthy at that point. The team should continue to update his status as the winger nears a potential return to the lineup, but the Leafs recalled three forwards to add some extra depth in the meantime.
Lupul scored his first goal in 12 games in Tuesday's win over the Flyers.
It's just his third goal in 21 games. Well, it's actually just his third point in the same number of games. Loops has struggled to put up numbers this season, so we're not hopeful this is a sign of anything. But maybe, just maybe, the monkey is off his back. It still doesn't make him worthy of activation -- Lupul registered a minus-8 rating in those 21 games.
Lupul (lower body) will return to the lineup Tuesday night versus the Lightning, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Lupul missed the past five games with the lower-body ailment. The crafty winger is streaky when it comes to offensive production, though he does already have eight goals on the season.
Lupul (lower body) took part in practice Monday but his status remains uncertain, David Alter of the National Post reports.
Lupul has missed five consecutive games with the lower-body injury, but it appears he may be ready to return in time for Tuesday's tilt against the Lightning. At this point though, it doesn't look as though the team will have a definitive update on his status until shortly before puck drop.
Lupul (lower body) is expected to practice with the team Thursday and return to game action sometime next week, Jonas Siegel of TSN reports.
Lupul has missed Toronto's last five games, but an unusual week off in the Leaf's schedule may prevent him from missing any more. The 32-year old's play has improved from last year, as he currently possesses a full season 28-goal scoring pace this season after scoring 10 goals in 55 games last year.
Lupul (lower body) will miss Tuesday's game against the Devils, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Lupul continues to recover from injury and has not played in a game since Nov. 28. It is unclear at this time when he will return. The 32-year-old veteran's next chance to return to the ice will be Dec. 15 when Toronto hosts the Lightning.
Lupul (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Lupul was held out of Monday's game against the Oilers with a lower-body injury, and will now miss Toronto's next three contests after being placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The 32-year-old winger, who has tallied 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in 23 games this season, will be eligible to return to action next Tuesday against New Jersey if healthy.
Lupul will miss Monday's game against the Oilers due to some nagging injuries, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
It doesn't sound as though it's any major issue for Lupul, but the bumps and bruises he's dealing will be enough to hold him out Monday. Daniel Winnik appears the likely candidate to join the lineup in his place, making Lupul's next chance to play Wednesday against the Jets.