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Lamoriello remains tight lipped on Lupul and Robidas’ future

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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello gave no indication as to the futures of veteran defenseman Stephan Robidas or forward Joffrey Lupul during Sunday’s media meeting.

39-year-old Robidas spent the entire season on the injured reserve due to a knee injury, while Lupul’s battle to stay healthy continued this year, missing the final 31 games of the regular season due to a sports hernia.

Both remain under contract, but Lamoriello would not reveal whether either would be with the franchise next season.

Drafted seventh overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2002, Lupul scored 11 goals and 14 points in 46 games for the Maple Leafs this season, also missing five games in early December with an undisclosed injury.

A veteran of 701 NHL games, he has two years remaining on his current contract, carrying an average cap hit of $5.25 million.

If Lupul can prove his fitness, and perhaps more importantly remain healthy, there may be an opportunity to trade the winger, who has previously shown to be an effective scorer at the top level, but concerns remain over the Alberta natives ability to stay in the line up.

Robidas joined the Maple Leafs as an unrestricted free agent in July 2014, signing a three-year deal with the franchise. He missed the final 17 games of the 2014-15 campaign following shoulder surgery and spent much of the off season struggling with knee problems which eventually saw him assigned to the club’s injured reserve in October.

The former Dallas Stars blue liner has one year left on his existing contract, with a cap hit of $3 million.

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