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Since he signed with the Rangers, Mike Rupp has been a favorite of John Tortorella for being a glue guy and a big positive presence in the locker room.

While discussing why the Rangers traded Rupp away, John Tortorella said, ?Rupper, I don?t have a bad word to say about him. (I have) a tremendous amount of respect for him. I had a tough time getting him on the ice as much as I really wanted to. I?m just worried about the speed of the game. He certainly brings some jam and has been a really good teammate but it's a situation where I am concerned about the middle of our lineup and the versatility that we do not have right there. The biggest thing for me with Rupper was just the pace of the game and we do add some depth.?


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The Rangers have acquired Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri from the Wild for Mike Rupp.

Powe, 27, is signed for one more season after this at $1.06 million.

  • He has played eight games for the Wild this season and is averaging 10:13 per game and 1:22 on the PK.
  • In 11-12 with Minnesota, Powe had six goals, seven assists, 151 hits, 91 blocked shots, averaged 13:59 per game and 2:27 on the PK.
  • In 10-11 with the Flyers, Powe had 7 goals and 10 assists, 196 hits, 12:17 per game and 3:10 on the PK.
  • In 09-10 with the Flyers, Powe had nine goals and six assists, 183 hits, 40 blocked shots and 12:05 per game with 1:09 on the OK.
  • In 08-09 with the Flyers, Powe had six goals, five assists, 124 hits, 31 blocked shots and 10:32 per game with 1:00 on the PK.
He is a graduate of Princeton and a former Flyer.

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Mike Rupp was a guest on The Hockey News Podcast recently. This is a recap of what he had to say:

  • On the work stoppage, "talking is a good thing. It's unfortunate we are at where we are at."
  • On 04-05 comparing to now, "being informed and contributing and staying informed is a lot easier."
  • On the NHLPA, "the meeting we had in NY a few weeks ago, guys are involved. They want to know what is going on. Everyone's ideas are valuable to the process. Last time I was two years into my career and right now there is a feeling of we are all in this together."
  • On former players talking about the 04-05 lockout, "first of all, no one wants to do that. I'm disappointed that games have been cancelled already. Up to this point I feel that this has been a one-sided negotiations. We don't want to miss time or miss games but at the end we need a dancing partner and up to this time we haven't gotten that. Things will start moving along when we have some conversations."
  • "you try not to look at it as us vs them. We know that we have been trying to make contact and get in a room together. I just feel like we never got answers as to why our proposal didn't work. We as players made concessions in our proposal. I don't consider concessions on their side to be what the number is to claw back player salaries."
  • On a rollback, "Most people were pretty surprised by the first offer from the league. We want to negotiate and get a deal done. I don't feel like the other side wants to negotiate in good faith. We need to get to the table and have some traction with what we are talking about. I feel like the NHL is saying 'we will listen to you when you see it our way.'"
  • "we just want to move forward with negotiations and create a solution. It's just unnecessary to have this lockout. There is definitely hockey that should be played this year."
  • "our goal is to not have this happen again in five years."
  • On his future for this season, "right now we are in NY and the kids are going to school. As a family we need to go on with our everyday life. I'm rehabbing an injury from last year and I don't plan on playing anywhere at least for now.
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Two summers ago, as part of a group with teammate Max Talbot, Mike Rupp took a trip to Haiti to see an orphanage that Penguins team Chaplain Brad Henderson started in the late 1990's.

Rupp, one of the more charitable Penguins at the time, said ?This is kind of an opportunity to go down there and see what is going on. My wife and I have been wanting to get involved with something like this for a while now, so I will have the chance to go down and see if this is something we want to get involved with in the future.?

He added ??It?s really neat when you get the paperwork and my wife will go to the store to pick out stickers and things like that to send down to the kids. They send you pictures back with the stickers and it blows you away and makes you feel great.?

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Last season John Tortorella said that he "loved" Mike Rupp and praised him for being one of the "glue guys" on the team.

Tortorella told Stan Fischler at?MSG.com that he thinks Rupp will be an important player for the Rangers this season "Rupp will have a much better year. He needs to be on the ice for nine, ten, eleven minutes a game and I've got to find him that playing time."

?Tortorella talked about trying to find more ice for Rupp last year and praised how he "cultivated" the locker room.

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Two seasons ago in Pittsburgh Arron Asham and Mike Rupp played on the same line and Rupp put up 9 goals and 8 assists in 81 games.

Last season for the Rangers, Rupp had four goals and one assist.

Rupp told Blueshirts United that he thinks playing with Asham again could get him on the score sheet more "if that's the way the lines shake out this year, then I think we can have a fourth line that could add a little more production than we had last year."

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In a Q&A session on twitter, Mike Rupp said that he is planning to switch his number from 71 to 17 this season.

Rupp said "Yeah, I think so. That's been a number that's been with me for a while., and I really enjoy that number! Hopefully if I can get (No. 17) then another little part of me being entrenched here is in place!"

Rupp wore 17 with the Devils and Penguins before coming to the Rangers.

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In the comments section recently, Alex said this about Mike Rupp "And how many shots did Rupp block? 0 ! Because he is too slow to even block shots. He is a disgrace as a player and should be sent to Charlotte. He isnt even good enough to play in the AHL! "

Howiehockey said in the comments section of another post, "I'd buyout Rupp. With the exception of one or two games he has been a total bust.

And his intimidation and fighting skills have diminished greatly. Devereaux would be a lot better. Slats are you listening."

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In a video piece about Mike Rupp posted at The Hockey News, Brandon Prust says that Rupp earned the respect of everyone in the locker room both on and off the ice and that he is someone that Prust looks up to:

For a guy like me, I really look up to him. You want to follow the guys like that and their attitude and what they bring to the rink every day.
John Tortorella has said that he LOVES Mike Rupp.

Rupp has eleven fights this season for the Rangers. He is averaging 6:39 per game and is on pace to have over 100 hits.

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According to Tom Gulitti of The Record, Eric Boulton was told that his slash on Mike Rupp Tuesday resulted in a broken thumb for Rupp.

Boulton was fined $2,500 for the slash.

Rupp told Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants that he was just "banged up."

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During his press conference following the Winter Classic, on the NHL Network, John Tortorella praised both Brandon Prust and Mike Rupp as "glue guys" and huge parts of the Rangers.

He talked about how he knows that both players can "play" and that they are more than just guys who do the "heavy lifting"

They have been like four or five minute guys and they do the heavy lifting when it comes to that kind of stuff. I just don?t want them to think that?s their only role. We know Rupp can play and we know Pruster can play. It?s been a little bit of a struggle. To see them ignite us a little bit is important for the team. They are glue guys and are very important to the team in the room. I think everybody pulls for those type of players because they know they are being taken care of on the ice with them.
John Tortorella told Ranger Rants how much of an important player Prust is, "I?ve always said about Pruster, he?s a really good teammate and people?he?s a glue guy and people pull for him. I think it?s very important. It?s not talked about, but how your locker room is before you step on the ice is a very important aspect of trying to win games and he?s a huge part of that intangible."

This team is full of good guys and players that like each other. That really comes across on 24/7. It's a loose attitude among the team but they know what is at stake when they come to the rink. A guy like Rupp, who is a veteran, has won a cup, and understands his role is a huge part of the team. It's the guys who don't always get the most ice time, but make the big contributions in the locker room that are needed for any team that is going to win.

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Winter Classic veteran Mike Rupp scored two goals last night in his eighth game back from knee surgery.

John Tortorella said, with a big smile, on his post game news conference on the NHL Network that he couldn't be happier for Rupp after the season he has had, he is a "great" teammate and that he brings an intangible to the young core of the team as a veteran.

Rupp said earlier this year that he was thankful for the chance to join the team on road trips while he was injured.

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http://youtu.be/0guUmKzpvvo

via Puck Daddy


Mike Rupp told Larry Brooks in the NY Post that he was happy he was given the chance to travel with the team during the team he was injured.

He told Brooks that during that time he fostered friendships and relationships with the rest of the players and that he was happy to have that opportunity while injured.

As this story shows, Rupp is an awesome guy and having him around as a veteran presence, even if he wasn't playing, was a great idea. He was a popular player in the Penguins room and seems to have a nice personality that has fit in with the Rangers.

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Updated: 4:46PM: The team has sent through this statement on Rupp

New York, November 9, 2011 ? New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Mike Rupp underwent successful surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.? The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Feldman at the NYU Langone Medical Center Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan.

Rupp, 31, has registered one goal and 14 penalty minutes in seven games this season.? He has missed the last six games due to injury.? Rupp is tied for second on the team with two fighting majors.? He tallied his first point as a Ranger with the game-winning goal on October 18 at Vancouver, and made his Rangers debut in the season opener on October 7 against the Los Angeles Kings in Stockholm, Sweden.? The nine-year NHL veteran skated in his 500th career NHL contest on October 15 at Long Island.

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Update: 4:28PM:

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Original Post: Steve Zipay tweets that Mike Rupp will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee next week.

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Before the season started, Stan Fischler predicted that Mike Rupp would have a break out season.

On October sixth, Rupp didn't practice but did played in the Rangers season opener on October 7th.

Rupp has been sidelined with a knee issue that has kept him out of practice on some days and out of the lineup over the last few days.

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While wondering what would happen to the fourth line if the Rangers moved Derek Stepan to the top line, I remarked how when Wojtek Wolski came back to the lineup and Erik Christensen sat out, there would be no center between Mike Rupp, Mats Zuccarello and Wolski.

Many in the comments section pointed out that Rupp has played center before in his career.

YearTeamFOWFOLTOTFO%
2010-11Pittsburgh828016250.6%
2009-10Pittsburgh638014344.0%
2008-09Devils46409051.1%
2007-08Devils758015548.4%
2006-07Devils15183345.4%
2005-06CBJ/PHX12713826547.9%
2003-04NJ/PHX23924148049.8%
2002-03Devils678315044.7
Rupp has some nice experience at center and alleviates some of the issue that I have with moving Derek Stepan to the top line. Mike Rupp being flanked by Zucc and Wolski would certainly be interesting.

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It seems like this line will start the season together, at least based on how the team has practiced and that they started together yesterday. Stepan and Zucc have worked well together in the past and Rupp can provide a good net presence and also a little protection on the ice for the two of them. We will see, I think that Wojtek Wolski and Ruslan Fedotenko are also good options for that spot, but WW may be with the top line and Feds with his friends Boyle and Pruster.

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At 31 years old and coming off the two highest point totals of his career, he is gonna break out? I think that he has broken out and become a solid NHL player and will help the Rangers in all the situation that he finds himself in.

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After attending practice earlier this week, Leslie Treff wrote at?Hockey's Future? that Mike Rupp was quickly showing why the Rangers made him a priority this offseason.

Mike Rupp, who is very strong on the puck and reads the play very well, showed why the Rangers picked him up this summer as a free agent signing. He can bang and works well along the boards, as well as contribute to the offense too.
More on Rupp from The Record, Daily News,

John Tortorella told the media yesterday that he took note of how many times Rupp scored against the Rangers:

He scored so many freakin? goals against us we wanted to get him. We focused on him. We wanted to get people to help Pruster and with the bigger guys if it came to that. We just felt he was a pretty good player that adds size and some veteran mentoring, we heard he was a really good man, a good teammate. I don?t think he?s just a fourth line guy. I think you can move him in a lot of different positions.
Rupp talks about what he does, HERE.

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Elliotte Freidman writes in his 30 Thoughts column that when the Rangers targeted Mike Rupp when free agency started, they used this tweet of his to bring his favorite chocolates into their meeting with him.

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This appears to be the company that make the chocolate in question.

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According to Pittsburgh TV Station WPXI, there was a game this past season where Mike Rupp crashed into the boards during warmups and caused a fan to spill his $10 beer.

Rupp told the Penguins trainer to go into the locker room to get $10 out of his wallet so that Rupp could tape it to a puck, sign the puck, and then flip the puck and money over the boards so that the guy didn't have to spend his own money to buy a new beer.

Rupp was one of the most popular players in the Penguins locker room last season.

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The Rangers, according to Hockey Fights.com, ranked sixth in the NHL in fights last season with 62.

St. Louis led the league with 78.

Brandon Prust led the Rangers with 18 fights, Sean Avery had 12, Derek Boogaard 7, Michael Sauer 7, Brian Boyle, 4 , Brandon Dubinsky 4, Kris Newbury 3, Dale Weise 3, Ryan Callahan 2, Ruslan Fedotenko 1 and Dan Girardi 1.

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At Blueshirts United, Jim Cerny spoke with Brandon Dubinsky about some of the Rangers off-season moves.

Dubinsky said that he LOVED the Rangers addition of Mike Rupp, maybe even more than Brad Richards:

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At NHL.com, Dan Rosen looks at the teams that have had the best returns in the first few days of free agency.

Rosen lists the Capitals at number one and the Rangers at number two.

The Capitals have made some great moves and deserve the number one spot. Brad Richards himself puts the Rangers near the top of any list like this since he fits such a big need for the Rangers. Bringing back Ruslan Fedotenko and adding in Mike Rupp helps as well.

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The Rangers have announced that Erik Christensen will wear #40 and that Mike Rupp will wear #71.

Goalies, Steve Valiquette, Chris Holt and Jussi Markkanen wore #40 as well as defenseman Dennis Vial.

Brian Fahey is the only one ever to wear #71. He never played a game as a Ranger.

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Over the weekend, Andrew Gross caught up with newly signed Ranger Mike Rupp at Ranger Rants.

About his game, Rupp said:

?I play physical and I play big and I use my strength,? Rupp said. ?But the last couple of years, I?ve been a pretty versatile player. In New Jersey and Pittsburgh, I?ve been a faceoff guy, I?ve played center and both wings and killed penalties here and there and gone in front of the net on the on the power play. I?ve dropped the gloves. It?s kind of helped my game. I?m ready, willing and able to do whatever I?m called upon to do. I was hoping teams recognized that. I think the Rangers did.?
In his career, Rupp has averaged over 50 seconds on the power play thrice, and in 2002-03 he averaged 1:36 of PP time in 26 games for New Jersey.

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I think this guy will be a fan favorite by the time the Rangers leave Europe. As Paul Lupica tweeted at me last night, Rupp is now the protector of the Kings castle.

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UPDATE: Nick Kypreos tweets that the Rangers have signed Mike Rupp.

The deal is for three years and a total of $4.5 million. His cap hit will be $1.5 million per season.

Follow Rupp on TWITTER. He is 6-5, 230.

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While meeting with the media yesterday, John Tortorella said that he still had interest in retaining unrestricted free agents Ruslan Fedotenko, Vinny Prospal, Matt Gilroy and Steve Eminger.

Tortorella said that he was impressed with Gilroy's play the last quarter of the season and the playoffs.

He also said that Steve Eminger could be a good to return because the Rangers know him and his style of play.

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With the game tied at two last night, Artem Anisimov fell done in the Pittsburgh zone and Mike Rupp carried the puck down the ice and into the Rangers zone. He skated in, fired a shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist and essentially gave Pittsburgh the game.

Defenseman Michal Rozsival, who was back on defense, backed up and let Rupp walk in to score:

"[Rozsival] needed to close him out, but for some reason sunk into the middle and [Rupp] walked in," said Tortorella, who has been harping on the need for defensemen to protect the middle. "It was a key mistake at a key time, the puck is in the net and it cost us the game."
More reaction from the game at the NY Post

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