Joffrey Lupul Injury: Updates on Maple Leafs Winger's Arm Injury

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2013

Feb 6, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul (19) looks on from the bench against the Edmonton Oilers at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul, who broke his arm after taking a puck off the forearm in January, is expected to make his much-anticipated return.


UPDATE: Saturday, March 16, at 2:08 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to, Lupul will be back in Toronto's lineup on Saturday when the Maple Leafs take on the Winnipeg Jets:

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will return to action Saturday against the Winnipeg Jetsafter missing 25 games with a broken arm, TSN reports.

Lupul is projected to skate on a lie with Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 15, at 2:25 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

The Maple Leafs' official website comes in with even more updates on Lupul's possible return. According to Matt Iaboni's team blog, the winger has been cleared for contact and practiced with the team on Friday:

The Leafs got some good news on Friday as Joffrey Lupul was cleared for contact and took part in practice on a line with Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin. Randy Carlyle informed the media about Lupul’s status Friday, but said he wasn’t sure if he would insert Lupul into the lineup against the Jets.

While a return is not yet guaranteed for Saturday, Lupul will seemingly be back far sooner than later.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 15, at 1:06 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

In the midst of a heated battle in the Eastern Conference playoff race, it seems the Maple Leafs will be getting a huge boost going forward. According to Chris Johnston of Rogers SportsNet, Lupul said Friday that he will return for Saturday's game against the Winnipeg Jets:

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UPDATE: Monday, March 11, at 11:37 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Maple Leafs fans as Joffrey Lupul (forearm) is back at practice, according to TSN's Jonas Siegel.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 24, at 11:35 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle is expecting his talented winger to miss around six weeks with a forearm injury, according to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 10:56 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Lupul never returned in the Leafs 5-2 win over the Penguins, but he did offer his support for the team after the game and assured fans he'll do his best to make a speedy recovery.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 9:56 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Lupul has a broken forearm. SportsCentre tweeted the unfortunate news. 

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He has been ruled out for the remainder of this contest. Globe and Mail's James Mirtle tweeted the news. 

The injury occurred during a Maple Leaf's power play midway through the second period. Lupul was in front of the Penguin's net and being covered by Brooks Orpik.

Dion Phaneuf let fly with a shot, and the puck struck Lupul. Orpik also appeared to get Lupul on the hand with his stick. It was instantly evident that Lupul was in pain. 

He wasted no time getting off the ice and heading to the locker room. Obviously, with an injury like this, a break is the big concern. 

In this instance, a best case scenario is probably a contusion. This would have Lupul back in action far quicker than a break. The Maple Leafs will be hoping he gets back on the ice as quickly as possible. 

Toronto (1-1-0) thinks so highly of the 29-year-old Canadian's skill that they just inked him to a five-year extension that will keep him with the club until the 2017-18 season. 

Lupul has yet to register any points in this young season, but he is coming off a year where he averaged 25 goals and 67 points while he and Phil Kessel proved to be a formidable duo. 

In the shortened season, any time missed due to injury is going to be especially problematic. Each game is more valuable and they are tightly packed together. 

After this game, the Maple Leafs still have four more contests before the end of the month.