Joffrey Lupul to miss Monday’s game with nagging ailment

The Toronto Maple Leafs have an interesting game ahead of them on Monday. The Edmonton Oilers keep finding new ways to be the laughing stock of the National Hockey League, and rookie goaltender Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut. Joffrey Lupul, however, will sit this one out to rest an unspecified ailment.

Lupul has an extensive history when it comes to injuries. Take a look at this handy chart, which ignores a slew of other hardships suffered with Anaheim, Edmonton, and Philadelphia:

Injury Start Injury End Injury Type Games Days
3/7/2012 4/7/2012 Separated Shoulder 16 32
1/24/2013 3/15/2013 Forearm 25 51
4/5/2013 4/15/2013 Concussion 5 11
10/23/2013 10/28/2013 Bruised Foot 2 6
11/26/2013 12/9/2013 Strained Groin 7 14
4/2/2014 4/4/2014 Lower Body 1 3
4/6/2014 4/12/2014 Knee Surgery 3 7
10/29/2014 11/25/2014 Broken Hand 12 28
1/1/2015 1/28/2015 Knee 11 28
2/11/2015 2/21/2015 Knee 4 10
11/29/2015 TBD TOTAL 86 190

Since his shoulder injury, suffered towards the end of his second season with the Leafs, Lupul has missed over a third of Toronto’s games. It’s a troubling situation, especially when the 32-year-old is in the midst of a five-year, $26.25 million contract. On a per-game-played basis, he’s being paid like an elite player, without the matching results.

That return on investment isn’t a huge problem for a team like the Leafs, who aren’t quite in their window of opportunity yet, but it makes Lupul that much harder of a sell to other teams when it comes time to move some pieces. Though, if you ask him, that time won’t come anytime soon.

“If the deadline comes and we’re in the mix, it’s hard to believe they would move out assets,” Lupul told TSN’s Darren Dreger this week. “I’m sure it will become a very popular topic.”

We’ll see how correct Lupul is in a few months, but for now, the focus is on him recovering from whatever this nagging issue may be.

    • FlareKnight

      the oilers are once again in last place even though they’ve won the lottery 3 times and have acquired a top 5 pick 5 times in the last 5 years… your starting goalie who was supposed to save you guys is one of the worst in the nhl. mcdavid can’t even save you guys and your captain is a healthy scratch. your team’s future is another lottery win. that’s the only thing you’ll ever win.

      • SEER

        Mcdavid played 12 games.
        The game he played he was phenomenal in every game we played we were in accept for 2 games. Cam Talbot hasn’t lived up to his expectations we have the 5 picks yes were in last place but it’s not a big deal next year we dump 5 contracts from the previous managers. I understand what your saying but you can’t deny the talent that is coming up in the oilers organization. This year we never planned to make the playoffs but our rebuild is finally taking shape, draisaitl klefbom mcdavid hall nuge yak nurse all these players are superstars when we work out a few kinks it’s going to be spectacular.

    • Kanuunankuula

      The point being, we’re tanking and you’re not supposed to. You’re had young, promising players for what, 5, 10 years, and yet here you are. Again.

  • Gary Empey

    @ Jeffler. Re- “Edmonton Oilers keep finding new ways to be the laughing stock of the National Hockey League”.

    I posted this in a different thread but it fits here.

    Just because the Oilers are one point behind us in the overall standings, it would be foolish to take them lightly. The Oilers can and do, score some goals. Whenever they come to play at the ACC they always play an entertaining game, and more often than not walk away with the 2 points. Expect Sparks to see a lot of NHL rubber heading his way.

    • SEER

      the oilers never win vs the leafs. last year when bernier allowed 3 goals on 4 shots was the first time the oilers beat the leafs in 5 years… they always lose in regulation or overtime against the leafs.

  • FlareKnight

    Well at least Lupul had a decent run going this year before getting hurt.

    And yeah, the Oilers remain a remarkable trainwreck of a franchise. I truly feel sorry for all the top 5 picks that are having their careers utterly wasted.

    Leafs were on a good track to be that same cycle of horror. Luckily they were smart enough to try and work themselves out of it and get a plan in place. Good drafting, proper developing, patience, and an outstanding coaching/management combination.

    Best of luck as well to Sparks in his first start. Should be an interesting one.

  • FlareKnight

    honestly surprised he lasted almost a quarter of a season. we will never get rid of this guy no matter how well he plays. we’ll be stuck with that awful contract until it’s over sadly. he’s injured more than he plays.

  • SEER

    Lupul’s situation you male or sound like he just signed the 5 yr deal this past summer. He has 2 yrs left on his deal after this year. It’s not all that bad or unmovable.