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02-04-2013, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
The Rangers need players who can pressure the other teams defense into mistakes. Rupp, when he was younger was very effective at getting in on the forecheck and wreaking havoc. I have been a vehement defender of Mike for a while on these forums because he brings so much more than just on-ice presence but the Rangers really need to bring in someone who can forecheck effectively because Bickel and Rupp are not doing it.

I wouldn't be opposed to bringing in Jack Skille at the deadline if Florida don't make the playoffs. I see him as a very nice fit in our bottom six.

+ Good skating, power, forecheck, a decent slapper, hockey sense, upcoming RFA, good locker room guy.
- Mitchell like dangle tendencies, not the most eager backchecker, unimpressive offensive production, can't fight.

He does a lot of what Rupp doesn't, what is missing from the bottom six and still has potential to develop.

Don't know if he'd be available and for what price, but its not like he's an integral part of FLA.

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