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Justice? Joffrey Lupul fined $10K maximum for Winter Classic cross-check

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Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2014 NHL Winter Classic.

Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul will pay for besmirching a record Winter Classic with his dastardly stickwork. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

It’s hard to tell who was more stunned after the latest cheap shot in the NHL. Was it Patrick Eaves, the recipient of a two hander to the side of his head during the Winter Classic on Wednesday, or the legions of hockey fans who were left to wonder how a flagrant foul committed by repeat offender Joffrey Lupul didn’t draw a suspension from the Department of Player Safety?

Not that the Toronto forward got off scot-free after his lumber delivery. Lupul was fined $10,000 by the DOPS today. That’s the maximum fine allowable under the CBA and roughly what he makes over the course of three shifts.

Doesn’t quite feel like enough, does it?

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  • Published On Jan 03, 2014
  • Snowy 2014 Winter Classic enchants, but game was the worst one yet

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    Wintry conditions hampered the quality of play for both the Maples Leafs and the Red Wings. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    Wintry conditions hampered the quality of play for both teams, but they battled through them. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Winter? Sure. The NHL’s game of the year was postcard pretty, with the falling snow clashing brilliantly with the bright red and blue sweaters of the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs.

    But a classic? Not quite.

    Toronto’s 3-2 shootout win over Detroit at the Big House was heavy on the spectacle that draws in the casual viewer — which, of course, is the primary focus of the event — but it was a miserable display of hockey. For most of the contest, this was two middling teams playing to prevent goals rather than score them. Even the Red Wings’ sublimely gifted Pavel Datsyuk was reduced to playing dump-and-chase rather than showcasing his skills in front of the largest crowd in NHL history and a massive TV audience.

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  • Published On Jan 01, 2014
  • Team Canada scouting Maple Leafs, Ducks; Jonathan Bernier their target?

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    By Allan Muir

    Scouts show up in press boxes every night around the NHL, and while guessing why they’re there is a time-honored tradition, it’s hardly news.

    Unless, of course, those scouts are from Team Canada. And they show up in the Center of the Hockey Universe.

    With both Steve Yzerman and Peter Chiarelli set to be at the Air Canada Centre for tonight’s Toronto vs. Anaheim tilt, it’s fair to speculate on who they came to see.

    The Ducks boast two players who will be in the Sochi mix: forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

    Getzlaf might be in tough because of Canada’s embarrassment of riches at center, but he
    has 18 goals in 58 points in his last 52 games and brings an imposing presence to the position. Perry is a natural winger and a pure sniper, a quality Yzerman has said he’ll prioritize after Canada’s offense failed to click in Torino.

    The two obviously have great chemistry, something that might enhance their value as a two-fer given the lack of practice time before the Winter Games. Slide someone like Taylor Hall on their left flank and you’d have a quick, dangerous, physically imposing third line that would cause the opposition fits.

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  • Published On Oct 22, 2013
  • Joe Thornton aftermath: Joffrey Lupul says he won’t talk to reporter again

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    The San Jose Sharks locker room is the center of the Joe Thornton four goal celebration comment controversy

    The sanctity of the dressing room is a burning question in the wake of Joe Thornton’s comment. (Getyy Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Vancouver Province writer Jason Botchford made a big splash on Thursday by reporting on Joe Thornton’s graphic plans for a future four-goal celebration, but his story ended any chance he had of dealing with at least one NHL player.

    MUIR: Hockey world prays Joe Thornton never celebrates four goals

    “That’s pretty disappointing as a player to see that,” Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said on TSN 1050 this afternoon. “[Media are] given full access to our room. Where’s it stop? What else can they report on while they’re in there if you’re gonna do things off the record?

    “I would hope to not see that guy in our room and certainly I’d never give him a quote again.”

    Asked if he thought other players would follow suit in blackballing Botchford, Lupul replied, “I hope so.”

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  • Published On Oct 11, 2013
  • Top Line: Instant impact for new nets; it’s Spezza’s time in Ottawa; more links

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    Ottawa's Jason Spezza hopes to return before the end of the season after having back surgery (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images).

    Ottawa’s Jason Spezza will have to be more of a leader for the Sens this upcoming season. (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images).

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Katie Carrera has five thoughts on last night’s preseason-opening win for the Capitals, including how the new size and shape of the nets led directly to a Winnipeg goal.

    • Here’s a good look at those new nets, along with some insight into how they’re supposed to impact play. Never a bad idea to try something different, but I give it three weeks before goalies alter their games to negate whatever value this change creates.

    • Ed Tait offers some knee-jerk reactions to the Hockeyville contest. Sure can’t argue with No. 1. That kid came to play.

    • Mark Schiefele’s strong performance on Winnipeg’s top line suggested the 2011 first rounder could be ready to stick on his third try.

    • A couple years back, Jason Spezza was getting booed every time he touched the puck at home. Now he’s getting the C stitched on his sweater. Did the Sens make the right call in passing the torch to a player who always seemed more like a giggling goof than a leader in the past? Wayne Scanlan thinks so.

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  • Published On Sep 15, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Toronto Maple Leafs even series with Boston Bruins

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    Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Baumann was the Bruins’ official flag-bearer for Game 2. (Elise Amendola/AP)

    By Brian Cazeneuve

    BOSTON — The Maple Leafs’ 4-2 victory on Saturday night evened their series with the Boston Bruins at one game apiece, thanks in part to the changes they implemented after their ugly loss in Game 1. Here are some observations from Toronto’s first playoff win in nine years:

    • There was a game within a game as Leafs coach Randy Carlyle tried to make last-second line changes even though Toronto was the visiting team. His moves caused Bruins coach Claude Julien to call the officials over to discuss their legality. Carlyle did his best to keep his struggling sniper, Phil Kessel, away from Boston’s shutdown defenseman Zdeno Chara. On a couple of occasions, Carlyle took him off the ice shortly after a face-off. He also removed Kessel from the team’s usual top line with Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak, which gave some important minutes to winger Matt Frattin, who was playing in his first career playoff game. Frattin often spotted Kessel on the right side. “It was something we talked about the last couple of days,” Kessel said after game. “Something new to change it up.”

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  • Published On May 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Quick, Kopitar struggle in L.A., Stars rookies to the rescue, more links

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    Anze Kopitar, who was so vital to the Kings in their Cup run last season, has struggled to produce lately. (Jae C. Hong)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Kings are rolling, but star center Anze Kopitar is fighting it with just one goal in his last nine games. And he’s not the only one struggling: Jonathan Quick ranks 24th in goals against and 41st in save percentage but he hasn’t lost the trust of his teammates.

    • Funny thing about lousy teams dressing a bunch of kids down the stretch: they sometimes find a way to win. The Dallas Stars were buzzing on the energy provided by newcomers Alex Chiasson and Lane MacDermid in an unexpected 3-1 win over the Ducks that pushed them two points further from the Seth Jones Sweepstakes.

    • “Hey, Rob…what are you doing tonight?” 43-year-old former roller hockey star Rob Laurie was an emergency backup in net last night for the Ducks.

    • The new-look Buffalo Sabres found another way to win Friday night. Luke Adam, Jochen Hecht and Brian Flynn broke long scoring droughts to lead the effort.

    • Cory Conacher was “decent, if not spectacular”  in his debut with the Senators.

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2013
  • Top Line: Sidney Crosby doing fine, dazzling debuts, more links

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    Sidney Crosby is back with the Penguins, hanging out at practice after his injury.

    Minus a few teeth, but otherwise fine after taking a puck to the jaw, Sidney Crosby hung out with his teammates. (Photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Sidney Crosby is out of the hospital and on his way to recovery. He stopped by the Pens’ practice on Thursday where Coach Dan Bylsma was hoping the time on ice would help acclimate the team’s new players to Pittsburgh’s system.

    • New details emerged on the Roberto Luongo-to-the-Leafs trade talk…and they ain’t pretty…

    • Zack Kassian is back with the Canucks after being sent to the AHL for a behavior timeout. So, apparently hanging out at the bars with your buds is frowned on when you’re supposed to be rehabbing a back injury.

    • Ben Bishop was dazzling in his debut with the Lightning, stopping 45 shots for his second career shutout. That sound you hear emanating from up north is thousands of Senators fans, gently rocking themselves and repeating, “Robin Lehner is the future….Robin Lehner is the future…”

    • Jaromir Jagr gave the Bruins the net presence they needed in his Boston debut.

    • No one knows why there’s a WWE belt hanging in Marian Gaborik’s locker, but no one was asking after his stellar debut with the Blue Jackets. The 4-1 win was Columbus’ first regulation victory in Nashville in seven years.

    • New center Derek Roy displayed immediate chemistry with Chris Higgins, helping the Canucks romp over the Oilers.

    • Joffrey Lupul is 50/50 to practice today after being demolished early in Toronto’s Thursday night loss to Philly.

    • Montreal GM Marc Bergevin took some heat for a quiet trade deadline, but he’d already made his big deal when he acquired Michael Ryder. The streaky winger kept up his sizzling pace, scoring two more Thursday night to power the Habs over the Jets. That’s s nine goals in 11 games for the sniper.

    • With the season lost in Calgary, they’re starting to cheer for losses with all eyes on the draft.

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  • Published On Apr 05, 2013
  • Top Line: Penguins owe it all to Staal, bad news for Jason Spezza, more links

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    Douglas Murray of the Penguins

    Douglas Murray is a new Penguin because family came first for Jordan Staal. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories about Jarome Iginla…and other stuff:

    • Jordan Staal’s decision not to extend his contract with the Penguins last summer was the first step on the path to this week’s pre-deadline trading frenzy in Pittsburgh.

    • All that airlifted talent doesn’t add up to more pressure on the Penguins, says James Neal. It simply ups their hunger to get the job done.

    • Oh…and the Penguins shut out the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, 4-0, to win their 14th game in a row. The thing that stood out to me in this one: how relentless the line of Crosby/Dupuis/Kunitz was on the forecheck. If this is what their compete level looks like in March, I can’t wait to see them in May.

    • Jarome Iginla said the chance to win the Stanley Cup convinced him that Pittsburgh was the right place for him.

    • The Calgary Herald breaks down how the Iginla trade came together.

    • Steve Simmons says Jay Feaster should have been smart enough to say no to an Iginla trade. Meanwhile, Flames fans are left to wonder what might have been if Feaster or his predecessors had ever managed to acquire a true No. 1 center to play with Iggy. Our own Stu Hackel called it a crime.

    • The Senators are no longer counting on Jason Spezza to return this season.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Joffrey Lupul gets two games for Victor Hedman head shot

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    By Allan Muir

    Joffrey Lupul has played brilliantly in his first two games back with the Maple Leafs since missing most of the season with a broken arm.

    We’ll have to wait a while to see if that hot streak continues into game three.

    Lupul was handed a two-game suspension today by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a wildly blatant head shot on Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman in last night’s 4-2 Toronto win.

    “As the video shows, after Hedman passes the puck, Lupul approaches from the side and recklessly targets Hedman’s head by elevating and making it the principal point of contact,” Rob Blake said in the DPS’ explanatory video.

    By “elevating,” Blake means Lupul left the ice prior to making contact, which he pretty much had to do to avoid slamming into the 6-foot-6 Hedman’s elbow. But once a player “leaves his feet,” he’s asking for trouble from DPS.

    Fortunately, Hedman wasn’t hurt on the play and that, combined with Lupul’s absence from the league’s Big Book O’ Mug Shots, added up to the two-gamer and the forfeiture of more than $45,000 in salary.

    Was it a fair call? As the season goes on, it’s getting tougher and tougher to compare one suspension to another, but taken on it’s own merits, this one passes the smell test.

  • Published On Mar 21, 2013