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Leafs forward Lupul '100 percent' after injury

Tuesday, 08.07.2012 / 9:04 PM / News


Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul skated Tuesday for the first time since separating his shoulder in March.

Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul
Left Wing - TOR
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 42 | PTS: 67
SOG: 191 | +/-: 1
According to a report in the Toronto Star, Lupul was watched by strength and conditioning coach Anthony Belza during a half-hour session at MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke.

"I’m 100 percent. I’ve had a full summer of training. I’ll be ready to go," Lupul said.

Lupul was injured March 6 in a game against the Boston Bruins. At the time, he was leading the Leafs with 42 assists and was second to Phil Kessel at 67 points.

The left wing did not play in the final 16 games of the regular season and fell three goals short of his career high of 28 (established in the 2005-06 season with the Anaheim Ducks).

"It’s been a long break, and I can’t wait to get back and play," Lupul told the newspaper. "It should be an exciting year."

Lupul did not get to play much for Randy Carlyle, his former coach with the Ducks who took over the Leafs' job three days before the injury.

"It’s a new training camp, a fresh start for everyone," Lupul said. "I know nothing is going to be handed to me just on how things went last year. I’m ready to come into camp and prove myself and play hard and prove it wasn’t a fluke."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round