Lupul to start season on injured reserve, still aims to play again

AP

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul will, indeed, start the season on injured reserve.

“It is with deep regret that I will be unable to attend training camp and start the season with the Leafs due to injury,” he said Thursday in a written statement. “I pledge to work hard with a view to return to playing this season. Hockey is the only life I have known. This is an extremely emotional time for me. Accordingly, I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

Lupul appeared in just 46 games last season, scoring 11 goals with three assists. He had sports hernia surgery in February, and with that he was shut down for the remainder of the season.

The 32-year-old has two years left on his contract, with a cap hit of $5.25 million.

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