Orr (leg bone bruise) & Lupul (back spasms) not skating today. Orr won’t skate for a week. Lupul is day to day. #Leafs
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 12, 2013
As per the above tweet from the Toronto Maple Leafs official Twitter account, Leafs top winger Joffrey Lupul is sitting out the first day of on ice training camp as he is suffering from back spasms.
Given Lupul’s, quite extensive, history of injuries, this is not the kind of thing that Leafs fans wanted to see so early in training camp. Lupul, who scored 11 goals in just 16 games played last season is one of the keys to the Leafs offence and will be relied upon to help pull the Leafs back into the playoff race this season.
Losing him for any extended period of time (again) really opens up a hole that would be tough to fill from within the Leafs current roster, which may be part of the reason that the Leafs have brought in winger Mason Raymond in on a professional try out contract.
Lupul underwent a pair of back surgeries in 2009 (which led to a very serious infection that almost claimed his career), so anything to do with his back should be cause for concern with Leafs fans. Here’s to hoping that this is an unrelated, and isolated instance of spasms that won’t pop up again this season.
Also noted in the above Tweet is a leg bone bruise that will keep Leafs face-puncher Colton Orr off the ice for at least a week. Since he has literally no value to this team, I could care less. Maybe his absence will open Randy Carlyle‘s eyes to the fact that one goon is more than enough to knuckledrag around the ice on a night-to-night basis.