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02-03-2013, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kack zassian View Post
Also, I came here to ask what ever happened with Rupp?

I mean it was just 2 years ago he was the fabled "10 minute, 20 point 4th line enforcer".

I know he had some injury troubles... but hes a lot closer to "Colton Orr" territory than "Shawn Thornton" territory.
His talent is Colton Orr level but his fighting is...bottom of the barrel.

Rupp is just old. He was old when he was brought here, and nobody thought it would be a big deal. He's a nice veteran addition to the team and I like having him a lot more than Asham or some of the other horrible enforcers we've had over the years, but he's really not worth much at this point.

This team really lacks a momentum shifter. A guy who plays on one of those bottom lines and can actually go out and get a big hit AND fight, and then once he's in those fights actually win a few of them. Say what you want about Orr's abilities as a player, but in his time in New York he did a great job helping to shift momentum and winning the big fights. Rupp and Asham are basically guys who are willing to fight, but do it poorly, and if you ask them to do much else they'll fall short.

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