Joel Ward is considering taking a knee during the national anthem when the San Jose Sharks' NHL season begins.
Donald Trump has sparked backlash but the Pittsburgh Penguins still plan to meet the US president at the White House.
Disagreement with a president's policies "can be expressed in other ways," the team said Sunday.
NHL officials have been strictly enforcing faceoff encroachment and slashing violations this preseason, leading to criticism by players.
Lupul, 33, said his comments — which included "Haha failed physical?" — were an "unneeded distraction" for the Leafs.
Alex Ovechkin has seemingly accepted he will not be permitted to play at the Winter Olympics, saying the decision "sucks".
The veteran forward missed nearly all of last season and has a history of at least four known concussions.
David Pastrnak trailing only Brad Marchand for the Boston Bruins lead in points last season and has signed a new contract.
The right winger logged 34 goals and 36 assists in 75 games last season, trailing only Brad Marchand for the team lead in points.
The veteran forward, 37, finished his career with 104 goals and 261 points in 877 games.