It's not what Toronto Maple Leafs fans wanted to hear but the team announced Wed. March 7 that Joffrey Lupul will be out 3 to 4 weeks after separating his shoulder against Boston Tuesday. The Leafs called up newly acquired Carter Aston to replace him.
The 28-year-old forward was hit hard into the boards by David Krejci in the second period, left the game and did not return. Lupul is having a career year with the Leafs with 25 goals and 42 assists for 67 points in 66 games. His previous best season was his second season, in 2005-06, when he managed 28 goals and 53 points in 81 games.
Carter Ashton: father played for 9 NHL teams
Ashton, who'll turn 21 on April 1st, is a 6'3" and 215 pound winger who was just acquired at last month's trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Lightning, who got him 29th overall in the 2009 entry draft, for defenceman Keith Aulie. He has played 3 games for the Toronto Marlies since the deal, scoring once and assisting once.
His father Brent Ashton played 998 games in the NHL and scored 284 goals with the Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques, Detroit Red Wings, Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. Carter Ashton has never played an NHL game and new Leaf coach Randy Carlyle has yet to give an indication on what line he intends to use the rookie winger.
The Leafs also announced that in the same game, Colby Armstrong broke his nose in a fight with Dennis Seidenberg; he's listed as day-to-day.