Lupul is injured. Again.
Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul has returned to a familiar spot on the roster, moving to the injured reserve list Thursday as he recovers from the latest in a string of issues that have sidelined him over the last five seasons.
The 30-year-old is only expected to miss about a week this time, after hurting his groin in a 6-0 blowout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. He did not join the team for its trip to Pittsburgh, and was not on the ice for an off-day skate in Buffalo on Thursday.
“It seems like he’s got a black ‘X’ on him,” Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said.
In an interesting twist, one former player wants his name removed from the concussion lawsuit.
It is a big name, and now the man it belongs to would like it stricken from a class-action lawsuit against the NHL.
A lawyer for former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive has asked an American law firm leading a wide-ranging suit against the league to remove the three-time 50-goal scorer’s name from list of plaintiffs.
"We lost the game in the first 10 minutes," said center Matt Duchene, who returned from a three-game absence due to an oblique strain. "If we played a little better in the first 10 there, even giving up that (short-handed goal) late in the first period there we go into the next period with a 2-1 deficit, it's a different game."
While the Avalanche got their leading scorer back in Duchene, they played without Paul Stastny, who sat out with back spasms and could miss Friday's game. Stastny leads Colorado forwards with a plus-10 rating.