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Lupul plays first game after 51 weeks

For those who like to keep tabs on some of the ex-Flyers of the fairly recent past, you might be aware of Joffrey Lupul's injury nightmare, where he was operated on for a herniated disc, then sustained an infection of the spinal column that eventually required a 2nd operation.  Lupul had 3 tuneup games, and after nearly a year on LTIR, finally made his debut with the Ducks, playing in place of Teemu Selanne who is now out with a nagging groin injury.  Unfortunately for the Ducks things did not go well, as they got blanked by the Yotes 3 to zip. 

Lupul faced off against his former drinking buddy Scottie Upshall who is also back from a season ending injury -- a torn ACL that derailed him from a breakout year in 2009 where he was leading the Yotes in goals (18) and 14 helpers in 49 games.  After a slow start, Upshall has started to get his scoring touch back, and is again leading the Yotes in scoring albeit with only 8 goals.  Given the ongoing ownership issues in Phoenix, the Coyotes continue to surprise everyone, having clawed their way into 2nd place in the Pacific with 32 points. 

It's nice to see both these guys back in action after their run of extremely bad luck.  Speaking personally, if there's one trade that still gnaws at me, it's the Upshall trade. 

You can read a short story about Lupul's return to the Ducks here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-ducks-coyotes-20101206,0,4020632.story

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