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01-18-2013, 02:09 PM
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Most fights aren't decisive. They never have been and it's not necessarily the point. The point is the willingness and any team's ability or reluctance to defend its own. I liked the Rupp signing because unlike Derek Booggard, Colton Orr or an on his last legs Donald Brashear Rupp can play--he can skate at an NHL pace-play his position defensively well enough and even once in a while put a puck in the net. He's not the feared fighter that Booggard, Orr or Brashear were but he can hang in there with the heavies even if he loses and bounce back up in the same game. He also took the heat off of Prust to fight people way over his weight class. Both would probably lose against George Parros for instance but Rupp would be a lot less likely to get seriously hurt.

$1.5 mil by the way is not an albatross of a contract. Much worse when a player like Redden has multiple years of a much higher salary.

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