Lupul discusses Leafs exit: My contract was ‘exceeding my production’



  • Joffrey Lupul quickly went from beloved star to financial burden during his roller-coaster tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“My mindset had changed completely,” Lupul revealed to former NHLers Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette on Wednesday’s episode of the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast. “I went from driving to the game pumping Nirvana to instead listening to talk radio, pulling my car into the garage like, ‘Please God, get back here in six hours.'”

“My contract was, at that point, exceeding my production on the ice,” he said. “I was hurt a lot. It was always something – my back, then my groin. I couldn’t keep myself healthy. And also, I had lost the confidence, not in my ability or skill set, but the confidence in like, ‘Am I going to make it through this game? I feel like shit today. Is there a chance I’m going to blow out my back or something?’

“They didn’t necessarily want me back on the team that year, and they made that pretty clear. But if I had full confidence in my body, I’m sure I would’ve put up a big fight and been like, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do this,’ but to be honest, I wasn’t sure.”

I thought the situation, from my end, could’ve been handled a lot differently. It could’ve been sitting across the table from each other chatting about it instead of the way it went down but whatever. I don’t hold a grudge at anyone.”

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