When the Leafs traded for Joffrey Lupul, they knew they were getting a great top six forward who could also play on the 1st Line if needed. However, injury problems have prevented him from making a larger impact on the team but he still put up a good amount of points and had a strong work ethic when healthy.
Unfortunately for him, he had injury problems since his first nhl season and he has barely played any games because of those issues.
Another problem is the length of his contract. He has another 3 or 4 years left on his current deal that gives him an average cap hit of $5.25 million per year. That is the average cap hit of a top six forward but as mentioned earlier, he hasn't played many games over his career and he is 33 so technically, he is overpaid. To make matters worse, he didn't have his best season even when he was healthy and his numbers are expected to decline this season as well. Because of these reasons, I believe that Joffrey Lupul shouldn't be part of the Maple Leafs future plans and I expect him to get traded at the end of the 2015-2016 season.
and for all those reasons listed above ,no one will take him...think about it.
The following would have to happen to trade Lupul: 1)Retain salary 2)Find a GM willing to entertain the idea 3)Lupul start producing points 4)Lupul stay healthy 5)Pigs fly
leafs arent gonna retain salary on lupul..maybe take a contract back. he will probably get moved with just a couple years left on his deal.
Leafs did trade Clarkson
Wow....not a lot of Lupol love, eh?
Yeah but Columbus gave up a big contract in Nathan Horton. Lupul is still a serviceable veteran in this league and is still helping the leafs in their rebuild. Lou is just waiting for the right deal