With Joffrey Lupul expected to miss the next three weeks with a broken hand, the Toronto Maple Leafs have placed him on the injured reserve list, per the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle.
Lupul has missed 63 regular season games since the start of the 2011-12 campaign due to a two-game suspension and variety of injuries, but this setback has to be particularly frustrating. The 31-year-old forward was hurt because he stepped on a stick during practice and fell to the ice.
The Maple Leafs also announced that forward Sam Carrick and defenseman Stuart Percy have been summoned from the Toronto Marlies. Both of them are rejoining the team after previous NHL stints in 2014-15. Carrick made his NHL debut on Saturday, but was briefly returned to the Marlies. Percy has three assists in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season.
Toronto will play against Arizona on Tuesday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been able to exploit ailing teams – Columbus with injuries, Buffalo with just being a general mess – in their last two wins. Now they’re the ones who will need to deal with a more vulnerable lineup, thanks in large part to Joffrey Lupul’s latest bit of bad luck.
Toronto assigned fairly promising rookie defenseman Stuart Percy back to the AHL in exchange for forward Sam Carrick.
Lupul’s loss presents something of a domino effect for the Maple Leafs. TSN’s Jonas Siegel wonders if Peter Holland will get bumped up a line while Mike Santorelli may move to the wing to make room for Carrick.
Siegel’s far more interesting observation comes when he calls for James van Riemsdyk to show that he can produce now that he’s split up from Phil Kessel. Head coach Randy Carlyle seems convinced that the 25-year-old can handle the challenge:
“I know that James has played to a higher level and he can continue to grow as a hockey player,” Carlyle said on Friday. “He’s done very, very well in the situations that we’ve put him in.”
Fun aside: tonight marks the first time he’ll face his brother Trevor van Riemdsyk, so it’s JVR vs. TVR on Saturday.
Considering the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks are tonight’s opponent, it’s likely to be a tough situation for Toronto. Then again, you can learn a lot about a player and a team in challenging situations like these.
With Just 21 players on its’ active roster the Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled defenseman Stuart Percy as an insurance policy.
The Leafs are in Columbus on Friday night before returning home to host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday.
With seven healthy defensemen on the active roster, the Leafs assigned Percy to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies on Sunday.
“We felt that he struggled in the two games that we played him in (with seven defensemen),” said coach Randy Carlyle on Monday. “Felt that he’s had a great start to an NHL career, we just felt that if we were going to play seven defensemen and continue to play seven defensemen that it was going to be counter productive for some of our forward group and to stuart percy not getting enough minutes.”
In seven games with the Leafs this season Percy has three assists while averaging 18:14 in time on ice. The Oakville, Ontario native became the first rookie defenseman in franchise history to record a point in each of his first three NHL games.
Originally the Leafs’ first-round pick (25th overall) in 2011, Percy did not appear in a game with the Marlies after being assigned.