Joffrey Lupul placed on IR, Rich Clune called up

It looks like Joffrey Lupul’s nagging ailment needs a little moe than temporary rest. At least, that’s what today’s roster decisions would have you believe, as the Toronto Maple Leafs have placed him on injured reserve for the duration of their Western Conference road trip. To fill the void, they’ve also called up Richard Clune from the Toronto Marlies.

As we mentioned in our post on Sunday, this is the tenth occasion in Lupul’s tenure with the Leafs that he’s missed time due to an injury. The minimum seven-day placement on Injured Reserve rules him out for Toronto’s games against Winnipeg, Minnesota, and St. Louis. Lupul has yet to play a full season with the team and has missed over a third of their games since he separated his shoulder in April 2012.

This is Clune’s second call up to the Leafs this year. The 28-year-old Toronto native signed an AHL contract with the Marlies in July and worked his way into an NHL deal after a great stretch on a line with rookies Nikita Soshnikov and Frederik Gauthier. His first stint didn’t go overly well; he was pointless in two games and was effectively benched after taking a five-minute boarding major against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 31st.

Since heading back down the Marlies, Clune has struggled to rejoin the scoresheet, picking up just one assist in seven November games and taking only seven shots. While he’s focused more on the forecheck and being a nuisance than being a full-out enforcer this year, Clune’s mean side came out on Sunday, when he got into two fights; the first of which without his opponent taking off his gloves or throwing a punch. Clune received 32 penalty minutes that afternoon, which would be nearly 20% of the Leafs’ full season total. 

The Leafs will return to the ice on Wednesday night against Winnipeg while the Marlies try to snap their only losing streak so far this season against Rochester on Friday.

  • Jeremy Ian

    eh? Too bad for Lupul. But Clune? Really? Clune to replace Lupul? Our 4th line, without Winnik skating as well as he used to since the injury, is the pits.

    I really would have given Arcobello another shot — we have to be showcasing him for the trade market. Clune gets you nada. Nada.

    • Gary Empey

      Grabner moved from the left side 4th line to the right side 3rd line to replace Lupul in the last game. Winnik played 3rd line left side. Holland move down to 4th line left side.

      Looks like Clune will likely play 4th line left side in Holland’s spot. So either Winnik or Holland will sit unless Boyes sits and Holland or Winnik move to the right side.

      They considered calling Justin Fisher up, but Lamoriello put the kibosh on that move due to grooming and dress-code issues. (doesn’t own a suit)

  • Jeremy Ian

    Good for Clune bring some energy into the lineup. cant protect the young guys and stick up for them. hope he shows hes worth this time around and less time in the box. congrats clune! hope lupul heals fast

    • Gary Empey

      I imagine most of the guys don’t mind playing with Clune. A lot less chance of getting a cheap shot when he is on the ice.

      You are right about Holland and Boyes. They will have to wait for a role to open up in Babcocks system, which seems to be working.