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Lupul looks like he wants us to know he’s ready to come back.

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I hope you are all enjoying a nice summer weekend. We know Joffrey Lupul sure is.

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That’s my yacht in the background. The really big one.

Of course, playing tennis isn’t exactly the same as playing hockey, though it seems to be a popular activity among the players in the off-season. The photo of a jumping shirtless Lupul hammering back a serve begs the question: is he going to be medically cleared for hockey by the Maple Leafs?

I think he’s ready to go, and I think he’s pretty excited about the season. What happens is ultimately their decision. We just play hockey.

No. That’s not new news. That’s what Kadri said in September 2016, and that was already six months after Lupul’s most recent game.

Lupul continues to subtly imply there’s nothing wrong with him physically via his Instagram account. I suspect we’ll either finally learn what is happening this September, or we’ll never know and he will fade into the hockey history books when his contract winds up after the 2017-18 season.

At least we have that nice photo of him from the one season he played with the Sprockets Oilers. Who even remembers those third jerseys?

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Poll

Where will Joffrey Lupul play this season?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    He’s fine and he’ll be back with the Leafs.
    (152 votes)
  • 28%
    He’ll "play" for the Golden Knights or the Coyotes.
    (415 votes)
  • 46%
    On a tennis court in Italy.
    (676 votes)
  • 15%
    For the Toronto Maple Leafs, on EA Sports NHL 2017.
    (222 votes)
1465 votes total Vote Now