The NHL will allow the Toronto Maple Leafs to place Joffrey Lupul’s contract on long-term injured reserve this season, Sportsnet has learned. The decision comes after the 33-year-old winger underwent a second medical examination following his failed physical from team doctors before training camp. Lupul initially appeared to challenge that diagnosis — “Haha failed physical? They cheat, everyone let’s them” he wrote on his Instagram account last month — before deleting the comment and issuing an apology. “I responded earlier this week to some negative comments on Instagram,” he wrote. “It was an inappropriate response, and I deleted it, but I take full responsibility. It’s been extremely tough not being able to play over the past 1.5 years.” Lupul elected not to seek out his own second opinion — as was his right under the collective bargaining agreement — but the NHL initiated one so that it could independently determine his status. Tuesday’s ruling will be met with a sigh of relief by the Leafs, who now have the ability to spend well above the $75-million salary cap by placing both Nathan Horton ($5.3 million) and Lupul ($5.25 million) on LTIR once the season starts. They would have been tight to the upper limit and left without much much flexibility to add salary in-season had the league deemed Lupul healthy.
Leafs’ Lupul fails second physical, can be placed on LTIR
Sportsnet | Oct 3