Lupul Cleared For Contact, Could Play Saturday

The Leafs got some good news on Friday as Joffrey Lupul was cleared for contact and took part in practice on a line with Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin.

Randy Carlyle informed the media about Lupul’s status Friday, but said he wasn’t sure if he would insert Lupul into the lineup against the Jets.

Lupul who has missed the last 25 games, told the media that he is preparing to play tomorrow. With the Leafs trading David Steckel to Anaheim a roster spot was created for Lupul’s return against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Here is how the Leafs lines and defence pairings looked Friday:

Kessel-Bozak-vanRiemsdyk
Frattin-Grabovski-MacArthur
Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin
McLaren-Steckel/McClement-Orr/Komarov

Holzer-Phaneuf
Liles-Gunnarsson
Franson-Fraser
Komisarek-Kostka

Take a look at the post-practice video with Carlyle, Lupul, JVR, Kessel and Liles.

Randy Carlyle

Joffrey Lupul

James van Riemsdyk

Phil Kessel

John-Michael Liles

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