Mom’s the word for the Toronto Maple Leafs when it comes to talking to the media about the upper-body injury that Joffrey Lupul suffered during a game last week against the Philadelphia Flyers when he was sandwiched between two Flyers in his own end. The incident occurred just moments after the whistle blew to begin the game.
When the hit occurred, Lupul took some time to rise to his feet. He was examined by the Leafs medical staff on the bench and was brought back to the trainer’s room where he could be examined more thoroughly. Lupul did not return to the ice, and his presence in the game was missed as Toronto was defeated that night by the Flyers by a score of 5-3.
After the game, the coaching staff and players said they were concerned. Head coach Randy Carlyle spoke with the media about the incident saying that his star was diagnosed with an upper-body injury. The Leafs’ staff would not mention the word concussion when talking about King Joffrey.
The Maple Leafs are keeping pretty quiet about the injury, but Lupul spoke with the Toronto Star Wednesday regarding the ailment.
“I think it’s safe to say I took a pretty solid blow to the head,” he went on. “Anyone who was watching could have seen that. Obviously anyone who saw me try to go to the bench could tell there were some symptoms.”
Lupul has been dynamite for the Maple Leafs since returning from an arm injury, scoring 14 points since. He is happy because he is taking his time and progressing in the right direction. I firmly believe the reason that the Leafs downplayed Joffrey’s injury is because the team knows who passionate the fans can be, and they obviously didn’t want the players or their fan base to hit the panic button.