Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul To Have Hearing For His Cross-Check On Patrick Eaves


  • NHL Player Safety: Maple Leafs Joffery Lupul will have a hearing on Friday afternoon for his cross-check on Red Wings Patrick Eaves.

Lupul was suspended in March last season for two games for an illegal check to the head of Lightning’s Victor Hedman.

How many games do you think Lupul should get?

(video posted by James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk)

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  1. #1 by Chris at January 2nd, 2014

    He should get as many games as whoever elbowed him in the head first.

  2. #2 by GaryMagic at January 2nd, 2014

    Sorry buddy, that wasn’t an elbow to the head. Lupul’s head didn’t snap back or up or anything, he just fell to the ground. Lupul showed a lack of discipline as well as respect in just a stupid non-hockey play.

  3. #3 by Jason at January 2nd, 2014

    Completely agree with the above statement. Last year he was suspended for an elbow to the head that wasn’t even an elbow to the head. Yet when he was clocked by two Philly players and was injured there was no suspension. Did everybody else somehow miss the fact that lupuls crosscheck was reactionary and intended for the mid abdomen region? A region cross checked on a regular basis around the league? Eaves was hunched over and that’s the only reason it hit his head. There was no intent there to target the head. But he will likely get 3 games. Just further proof that preferential treatment is prevalent in the nhl.

  4. #4 by Jason at January 2nd, 2014

    If you missed the elbow then you need glasses my friend. Just because his head didn’t snap back doesn’t mean a connection wasn’t made. Don’t be ridiculous.

  5. #5 by GaryMagic at January 2nd, 2014

    Again, a lack of discipline and respect. Eaves doesn’t control Lupul’s stick, Lupul does. And if you want to know what a elbow hit looks like, look no further. Head snaps back and everything.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54nvF0KPXEg

  6. #6 by GaryMagic at January 2nd, 2014

    Funny, too, that you would blame Kindl for simply making contact with an elbow, yet try to lift any blame off of Lupul because ‘he didn’t intend it’.

  7. #7 by brutalLupul at January 2nd, 2014

    Hahaha typical Leafs Fans, contact was shoulder to shoulder. Lupul let’s his emotions get the best of him, 3-5 at least.

  8. #8 by #7GuyisStupid at January 2nd, 2014

    #7 guy is stupid. Also Lupul intended to cross check the area under his chest. Look at the video and Lupuls stick was near his pant level. The game is fast paced and he didnt realize he was hitting the dudes head until after the check was initiated. Shanny will give him 2 max nothing more for a mistake. Leaf haters are some of the stupidest people on earth.

  9. #9 by Sterling VanDerwerker at January 2nd, 2014

    Maybe he should be an example suspension,.. or threatened to be BANNED..

    The guys need to stay away from the neck and head and pay for it to get their attention. Likely this demonstrates a lack of skill when you resort to a boarderline check,…

  10. #10 by GMan at January 2nd, 2014

    Just ridiculous the people saying that he “intended” to cross check him in the midsection. Really? Since when is intent a defence?? Please. Give your heads a shake. So a guy trying to slash someone in the arm but connects with the head would get no suspension in your eyes? C’mon. Bad argument.

  11. #11 by Ned at January 2nd, 2014

    5 game suspension

  12. #12 by hotwings at January 2nd, 2014

    1 game if any

  13. #13 by I_am_I at January 3rd, 2014

    I’ll go with 4 games on the “Wheel of Discipline.”

    Kindl should get 2 for the elbow to the head. But he won’t.

    Remember that Shanahan used to play for the Red Wings.

  14. #14 by Leafs fans are idiots. at January 3rd, 2014

    I can’t believe you Leafs fans believe Lupul was trying to cross check Eaves under his chest. Are you really that blind? I have a hard time believing anyone can be that dumb, but you Toronto fans…My God.

  15. #15 by Ren at January 3rd, 2014

    Man, Toronto Fans really are delusional.

    Kindl delivers a clean shoulder to shoulder hit on Lupul. Lupul gets up and maliciously cross checks Eaves. The whole “intended to cross check him in the midsection” is hilarious. The guy lifts his left arm to make his stick vertical, so he can check him in the neck. Lupul even looks up before he delivers the cross check.

    History, plus intent to injure, I expect it to be in the 6-8 game range.

  16. #16 by 88 at January 3rd, 2014

    Funny how the guy that crosschecks kessel in the ribs gets nothing and Kindl elbow gets nothing. Biased. Also where was the high sticking call on Dion? Bad officiated game but Lupul does deserve a suspension as he should control his temper. 2-3 games

  17. #17 by Mike at January 3rd, 2014

    He didn’t lose his temper, it was a simple push off play. You see this all the time. However, Eaves ducks down at the last second and Lupuls stick rides over his shoulder pads and makes contact with his head. It should have been a high sticking penalty. There shouldn’t be any games missed, but with the NHL, who knows.

  18. #18 by Number 8 at January 3rd, 2014

    He will get suspended just for sheer fact that Eaves got injured and didn’t return to the game.

  19. #19 by GaryMagic at January 3rd, 2014

    Mike, how is that a push off play? Even after contact he didn’t push off into the other direction with momentum, he turned around and then proceeded to skate away. And at this point, Lupul even admitted to trying to cross check Eaves, only in the arm. But like I’ve said, it’s a lack of discipline.

  20. #20 by hockey_fan4 at January 5th, 2014

    Kindls play means nothing. Lupul got caught in an unlucky spot and he came up and clipped him. Its the game. 3-5 games.

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