Joffrey Lupul was a participant in his first full practice Sunday since breaking his forearm January 23rd against the Pittsburgh Penguins. David Alter of Sportsnet reported that although Lupul was back on the ice with his Toronto Maple Leaf team-mates, his stay was brief and he appears to still be a long way away from making a return.
Lupul hadn’t recorded a point in three games before getting injured this season, but his chemistry with Phil Kessel has been sorely missed by the Leafs. Kessel has only found the back of the net four times so far this year and one would have to think the return of Lupul could certainly help to improve those numbers.
There was better news when it came to the injured Matt Frattin on Sunday. Frattin’s return seems to be imminent after undergoing a procedure on his left knee that has kept him out of the lineup for three weeks. Before going down, Frattin had seven goals in just 10 games in 2013.