The Toronto Maple Leafs easily disposed of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in the Pens home opener, but an injury has put a damper on Toronto’s celebration.
In the second period of action, Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul was struck in the upper body by a shot from teammate Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf’s shot resulted in a fractured forearm for Lupul. There is no timetable for Lupul’s return.
To make matters worse for the Maple Leafs, it was just two days ago that Lupul signed a five-year, $26.25 million extension.
“Joffrey has proven to be a dynamic offensive player and since joining our hockey club he has fit in extremely well with our team,” said Toronoto general manager Dave Nonis after Lupus signed his exension. “His alternate captaincy is well deserved and, by signing this extension, we look forward to him playing a large role with the Leafs for many years to come.”
Last season, Lupul ranked second in goals (25), assists (42), points (67) and power-play goals (8) for Toronto. His presence on the ice will be missed.