Joffrey Lupul skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there is still not a timetable for his return from an injury sustained on Friday night.
Lupul was knocked out of the Leafs’ tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night, after he was sandwiched between the combination of Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill. He appeared dazed after the hit, and actually had issues getting through the door in order to get back to the locker room.
He obviously didn’t return to the game and was diagnosed with an upper-body injury. That tends to be code for “discussion”, which certainly seems likely given the way that Lupul went off the ice on Friday.
Nonetheless, him practicing on Sunday is positive news. He’s not expected to play on Monday, but could be ready as early as next weekend. The Leafs may have dodged a major bullet if he’s able to return in barely a week. Of course, they’re going to be as careful as possible with one of their most important players.
There did not appear to be any issues for Lupul in practice on Sunday. He hit the ice for about 20 minutes and didn’t appear to be too limited. It was an optional practice, though, so there wasn’t too much of a workload for Lupul to handle.
Lupul has managed to play in only 10 games for the Maple Leafs this season, but has been outstanding in that action. He has 14 points in 10 games, eight of which are goals.