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10-10-2013, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Snotbubbles View Post
So are you saying the Flyers traded Richards and Carter because of the media and fans? Really?
Lupul has an interesting perspective on growing up. It jives completely with the reports that the Flyer vets like Pronger, Timonen and Briere didn't think the young guys were preparing properly. But what would Lupul know, he was there:

Leafs' Joffrey Lupul puts party past behind him - From late nights with Flyers mates and being written off by Ducks, winger matures into a professional

Lupul has been among the leaders in the NHL in only one category in his career: Late nights. As the Hall of Fame hockey writer Frank Orr once wrote: “He’s seen Dawn more often than Tony Orlando.”

The key to that sentence is past tense. Lupul used to be known as one of hockey’s great party boys. When he played for the Philadelphia Flyers as a 24-and 25-year-old, he played and lived alongside Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Scottie Upshall, Scott Hartnell — young, single millionaires living life in the big city.

Living too much of life.

“We had a lot of fun,” said Lupul. “Maybe too much fun.

“We had a bunch of guys on our team, all the same age, all the same way. It was the only team I’ve ever been on like that. We were best friends. We went out for dinner every night. We were young and experiencing life. We didn’t know any better.”

The team with Carter and Richards almost won a Stanley Cup in Philadelphia after Lupul was traded as part of a deal with Anaheim for defenceman Chris Pronger. Carter and Richards did win their Cup with their current squad, the Los Angeles Kings. Lupul is still waiting for his opportunity.

He doesn’t look back and regret the partying: He regrets not understanding what off-season training could do for him, how advanced his career might be now had he taken his job more seriously.

“In my first five seasons in the NHL, I didn’t put in the maximum preparation,” he said. “I never did the extra work. I never worked on my skills. I trained. I went to practice. But I never worked extras on my skating or passing or off ice stuff like flexibility. I didn’t spend enough time.

“I can do things now I couldn’t do then. It came with work, hard work. It came when I took a more serious approach to playing in the NHL.”

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