Joffrey Lupul has quite possibly played his final game wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. With a roster shake-up all but assured, not many players are safe and even players that think they are might not be. That group of players includes Lupul for sure.
Lupul might seem like a hard sell. After all, he is injury-prone and he has four years remaining on a contract that was signed prior to the 2013-14 season. He also carries a $5.25 million cap hit for each of those four years.
However, Lupul carries a lot of intangibles that any NHL team would love to have. In the past four seasons as a member of the Leafs, Lupul has recorded an average of 0.82 points per game. That might not be superstar level production, but it is a good level of production for a secondary player, which Lupul is.
If a team can get over the injury problems, Lupul could be a very good pickup for a team that wants to contend for the playoffs. Michael Traikos of the National Post suggested that the Florida Panthers could be a possible landing spot for Lupul.
Lupul might have had a down season this past year, but it is unlikely that he will follow that up with another bad season. If the Leafs can acquire some good assets for him, they have the young players that could potentially take his place. One of them could be Josh Leivo, who has been compared to Lupul at times.
Not every Leaf that finished the 2013-14 season as a Toronto Maple Leaf will be back for the 2014-15 season. Joffrey Lupul might have the biggest chance of moving of the Leafs’ big name forwards.