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NHL Can’t Comment On Joffrey Lupul’s Claim Yet

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The National Hockey LEague can’t comment on the claim of current Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul just yet.

Lupul’s time with Toronto may be running out as the forward is clearly on thin ice after a controversial Instagram post he made on Sunday discussing the notion that he’s unable to play in the NHL despite reportedly failing his training camp medical.

The post read: “Haha failed physical? They (Leafs) cheat, everyone lets them.”

Lupul is entering the final season of a five-year, $26.25-million contract with the Maple Leafs and missed all of last season after not being cleared to play in training camp.

“We aren’t in a position to comment right now,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said to TSN’s Darren Dreger on Monday.

“That may or may not change when we know more.”

By Toronto delegating Lupul as “injured” they are allowed to place Lupul and his $5.25-million cap hit on long-term injured reserve, freeing up the cap space in return.

 

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Penguins Keeping Faith in Matt Murray

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The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to support goalie Matt Murray despite his struggles this season, leading the team to temporarily usurp him for Casey DeSmith.

Despite the downward fall, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan believes that the time off the ice will help him focus on work with goaltending coach Mike Buckley, and the team is maintaining both their faith and their confidence that Murray can return to form.

“I think Matt’s mental toughness and the experiences that he’s gone through, he can certainly draw on and help him get to where we all know he’s capable of being,” Sullivan said (h/t NHL.com). “Right now, he’s got an opportunity to spend some time with [Buckley] and work on some of the aspects of his game that we think can help him improve. He can build his confidence.

“This by no means diminishes our faith and our trust in Matt Murray. We know he’s a real good goalie. He’s an accomplished goalie.”

DeSmith understands his role, as backup.

“That’s my job. Just to show up when I get the chance,” DeSmith said. “I think so far, I’ve given the team a chance to win when I’ve played. I take pride in that.”

Murray is 4-4-1 with a 3.87 GAA, .886 save percentage and one shutout in nine starts for Pittsburgh this season.

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Devils Place Brian Boyle on IR

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The New Jersey Devils have placed center Brian Boyle on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, according to an official team announcement.

During Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Boyle was on the receiving end of a devastating hit from Dustin Byfuglien, which you can see below.

In a corresponding move, the Devils have recalled Pavel Zacha from the AHL.

 

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Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Rejoins Team, Jakub Zboril Recalled

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The Boston Bruins will see the return of netminder Tuukka Rask, who took a few days away from the team for a personal leave.

In corresponding moves, Dan Vlader is on his way back to the Providence Bruins while Jakub Zboril will be recalled. Additionally, the team officially announced that both Jeremy Lauzon and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson will stay on regular recall.

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