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Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today that veteran infielders Rhyne Hughes and Yurendell de Caster have been placed on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting their unconditional release. Darryl Dawkins Jersey . Hughes, 30, has encountered some health problems that will prevent him from playing this season. “Its unfortunate for Rhyne that he cant join our ball club, but his health is the No. 1 priority and we wish him a quick recovering,” Forney said. De Caster, 34, is once again starting the season in Mexico. The Goldeyes now have 25 players on their training camp roster, including 14 pitchers and 11 position players. Swingman Wilt Chamberlain Jersey . Goergl, the 2011 world champion, started 28th after the other top contenders had already gone down but had the fastest time at each interval. Goergl finished the demanding 3-kilometre Kaelberloch course in 1 minute, 47. Charles Barkley Jersey . Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun the international tournament will likely return in September 2016 rather than 2015.Joffrey Lupul still didna€?t think hea€?d sleep much on the eve of Wednesdaya€?s opener against Montreal, even at this point in a career that now spans 10 NHL seasons and exactly 600 games. Lupul, now 31, is trying to re-energize that career following the lowest season of what remains a brief Maple Leafs tenure. A first-time All-Star two years earlier, he dipped to just 44 points last season, trailed by a stream of injuries and inconsistency. He is among the many Toronto candidates hoping to rebound this season. Healthy and feeling stronger physically than he has in years, Lupul believes hea€?s capable of much more than he showed last year. a€?I have very high expectations of myself. I can play better than I did last year and Ia€?ll have to play better than I did last year for us to have the success that I feel wea€?re capable of,a€? said Lupul, who did manage more than 20 goals for the fifth time in 2013-14. a€?And therea€?s a lot of guys in the room that I think are saying the same thing that they have to play better and mostly more consistent and more as a team.a€? Though he played in 69 games a€“ the most hea€?s managed since 2008-09 a€“ health was again part of the conversation for Lupul and it began even before the regular season kicked off; back spasms kept him off the ice in the early days of training camp last fall. He continued to be hampered by injuries throughout the year; there was a bruised calf, bruised foot, and groin tear that held him out a couple of weeks. He also played through a bothersome knee injury that would eventually require surgery. Injuries have always been the thing with Lupul. Over the course of the past three seasons, hea€?s missed 59 games due to an assortment of maladies that includes everything from a broken forearm to a dislocated shoulder to a concussion that saw him sandwiched between a pair of Flyers in the spring of 2013. However unlucky in many of those circumstances a€“ he broke that right forearm when a Dion Phaneuf point shot sailed high a€“ Lupul suggests that some of the injuries could have been avoided. He missed two games, for instance, because of a bone bruise on his right foot, an injury he suffered when he blocked a shot at practice; he was not wearing the protective skate covers the team had strongly suggested. It was bumps, bruises and tears of that kind that kept him finding a comfortable rhythm alongside Nazem Kadri on what was a mostly inconsistent second line last season. a€?Right now Ia€?m 100 per cent healthy and Ia€?m going to take every possible step to remain that way,a€? he said. Lupul spent a good chunk of his time on the ice this suummer with Barb Underhill, the teama€?s skating coach. Isaiah Canaan Jersey. The result - an improvement in his skating, he says. Whether that and an offseason of training translates into production on the ice remains to be seen, a€?but from a physical standpoint Ia€?m very happy with where Ia€?m at and ita€?s just a matter of maintaining that.a€? An All-Star for the first and only time back in 2011-12 a€“ he had a career-high 67 points in 66 games a€“ Lupula€?s role with the Leafs has changed over time. Primary, of course, is that hea€?s no longer running with Phil Kessel on the teama€?s top line, which means that hea€?s no longer a benefactor of the attention Kessel receives, the openings he creates,and the top power-play minutes and again, attention, he garners. Replaced by James van Riemsdyk on the left to Kessela€?s right on that top unit a€“ coincidentally while he was hurt in January 2013 a€“ Lupul has teamed with Kadri for the better part of the past two seasons and, while theya€?ve had the occasional spark, the connection has been hit or miss. That inconsistency a€“ not to mention a barely-employed fourth line of little tangible value a€“ has helped to cause an imbalanced Leaf attack, one that saw the top line carrying an untenable amount of weight before sputtering out down the stretch last season. Bolstering the depths of the roster in a busy offseason was designed to aid in that solution. If Lupul and Kadri can, additionally, connect and perform to a higher level, the Leafs could boast the kind of one-two punch up front theya€?ve lacked since the unlikely trio of Grabovski, Kulemin and MacArthur ascended alongside Kessel and Lupul a few years earlier. Possessing the puck more as a group and subsequently defending less would certainly help; Lupul started only 41.8 per cent of his shifts in the offensive zone last season, the lowest of his NHL career. Hea€?s made it a point of paying more attention to the defensive side of the game this season, vowing to become a better all-around player. Lupul is just one of many Leafs hoping to bounce back this season. Therea€?s Cody Franson, who fell off after a career year in 2013; David Clarkson, who had a nightmarish first season in Toronto; Dion Phaneuf, who crumbled under a heavy burden last year; Matt Frattin, who failed to catch on in either Los Angeles or Columbus; and Stephane Robidas, who is coming two serious knee injuries at age 37. Lupul doesna€?t have any targets as far as goals, assists or points are concerned. a€?I just want to do my part to get this team in the playoffs,a€? he says, a€?and Ia€?ll have to do more than I did last year.a€? 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