"Upper Body" Headaches

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 06 2013 11:20AM

Guess what? A member of the Toronto Maple Leafs is out with an undefined upper body injury with no real timeline. Here we go again..

Yesterday, Joffrey Lupul left the game following a hit to the head from former Leaf Jay Rosehill, immediately after being hit by Adam Hall. Lupul was so shaken, that he missed the bench on his first attempt to get on it, and once on it, could barely walk.

But guess what!? It isn't a big deal and they're not calling it a concussion, says Randy Carlyle.

Randy Carlyle says Lupul feels fine now. Said he's 50/50 to practice tomorrow. Will have to see how he responds. (Jonas Siegel)

'No, that's a bad word. We don't use that word until we're 100% sure.' (Mark Masters)

Of course, you shouldn't actually take this word as the gospel, given the Leafs recent history with managing concussions.

Here's just a few of the mishaps in the Leafs organization involving concussions in the last couple of years:

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Joffrey Lupul the latest Leaf team won't admit has a concussion

Cam Charron
April 05 2013 12:03PM

Before Jake Gardiner had concussion-like symptoms, Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins defiantly said that Gardiner "wasn't in a concussion state" after sustaining a hit against the Rochester Americans.

When Nazem Kadri was hit in the head, the Marlies officially said that Kadri had "headaches" and was eventually held out of the lineups for two weeks with a rib injury.

James Reimer's agent last season tweeted out that Reimer was "symptom-free since April". It was disclosed that Reimer did, in fact, miss 18 games with a concussion last season, and six at the end of the season with a more mild "upper body injury" which was apparently not related to his previous concussions.

So forgive me if I'm wary about Joffrey Lupul's injury status after Lupul took a hit to the head and got up wobbly last night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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LFR6 - Game 37 - Dangle vs Hat Guy

Steve Dangle
April 05 2013 09:56AM

 

Steve (stupid jinx) and Hat Guy finally battle it out. Stupid Steve is the reason the Leafs lost. Stupid Steve is the reason Lupul's hurt. Stupid Steve.

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Questionable officiating; coaching costs Leafs in 5-3 loss to Flyers

Cam Charron
April 04 2013 08:56PM


Photo via Abelimages and NHLInteractive

The officiating was bad in Thursday's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Leafs were cost at least three powerplays in that game. Jay McClement was taken down midway through the second period at the top of the circle after a turnover. Nazem Kadri was tripped up on a zone entry late in the third. The winning goal was clear goaltender interference on the part of Adam Hall. Joffrey Lupul was also hit in the head and left the game.

BUT! One thing I want to stress, one thing that I'm quite sure none of the afternoon radio shows will discuss, was a coaching decision by Randy Carlyle late in the third period. Down 4 to 3 with 4:45 to go, the Flyers sent out their fourth line of Sean Couturier, Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill for a defensive zone draw. Carlyle pondered the matchup. After a TV timeout, he had a fairly rested lineup. The players he throws over the boards?

Jay McClement, Colton Orr, Mikhail Grabovski, John-Michael Liles and Mike Kostka.

The Maple Leafs lost 5-3.

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Preview: Game #37 Flyers @ Leafs - Bryzga-let me out of here!

Cam Charron
April 04 2013 03:49PM

What do you get when you cross a team with an overworked goalie, a solitary forward unit with positive puck-possession statistics? The 2013 Philadelphia Flyers. All you need to know:

Of all the statistics I compile when looking up teams, the one that stood out the most to me was Ilya Bryzgalov's 34 starts as a Flyers goaltender this season. The team has played just 36 games. He has started games six times in back-to-back situations, and tonight will be his seventh.

The Flyers repaid his efforts by going out and paying a human being and an actual draft pick for Steve Mason.

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