There were many pundits out there who saw Joffrey Lupul as merely an expensive salary dump when he landed in Toronto in February, a high-priced player coming off a terrible injury who the Toronto Maple Leafs took on as a way to land prospect defenceman Jake Gardiner. Twenty-five games into his tenure as a Leaf, however, Lupul has found a role, scoring eight goals and adding eight assists while playing on a line with Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak.
Which may sound good, except that..
Those may not be $4.25-million worth of contributions, but on a team that struggled to score in the first half of the season (and lost a lot of games because of it), Lupul's presence has helped of late.
Indeed, Maple Leaf sucks. Here’s how Rick Mercer (CBC comic) introduces a new “Rogers innovation”: