Leafs' Lupul could be Olympic candidate

Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul joked he could be a valuable resource for the Olympic team both on and...

Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul joked he could be a valuable resource for the Olympic team both on and off the ice after playing in the KHL during the lockout. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

TORONTO - Having endured a brief nibble of life in Russia during the NHL lockout, Joffrey Lupul stopped short of describing the KHL as the "Krappy Hockey League."

In fact, given that the upcoming Winter Olympics will be held in that very country come February, the Maple Leafs forward joked he could be a valuable resource both on and off the ice should Team Canada choose him for its roster, especially after Monday's horrifying injury to star forward Steven Stamkos.

"I could tell the guys where to go over there," Lupul said on Tuesday. "Or, more importantly, where not to go."

There is no doubt that Lupul's brief experience in the KHL during the NHL's 2012-13 work stoppage left a bad taste in his mouth in more ways than one. Hey, maybe he could serve double duty in Sochi as the team nutritionist.

"The food (in Russia) was bad," Lupul said last December, adding that it was nice to be back in North America "to have some regular meals."


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