I don't mind him. He just seems.... slow... and.... defensively scrambly and.... just.... a bit lost when he's stuck on the ice against the opposition's 2nd or top line but that's how 4th liners are I guess. His slowness doesn't help.
I'll give ya....... "he's willing to fight"..And the Shelly quote is a classic..But you and I must be watching two different games..I can't remember, the last time Rupp didn't end on his back after a fight..No one on any team fear's Michael Rupp or anyone else on this team for that matter. Again, God bless him because iv'e heard he's a very good teamate, but i agree could The Ranger's have done themselve's a diservice by paying Rupp too much and not keeping Prusty?.. IMO Yes.
I just don't see what there is to complain about here. Rupp is perfect for his role. He is a heavyweight who can actually get around and create some chances. In a 7 game series, d-men will hate having to go up against Rupp (6'5), Boyle (6'7) and Pyatt (6'5) on a nightly basis.
IMO the problem is the opposite wing and with Asham being out already it is hard to say whether they need an upgrade there. IMO,a speedy pker would be ideal there.
The way i see it hes not gona win you a game (aside from the WC) but hes not going to loose you a game, i can live with that. His prime is behind him but as rangerboy said hes healthy and skating well thus far, and imo theres no real upgrades out there or in our system over him, hes a heavyweight, can play decent defense and is a good veteran presence.
i just haven't seen any of his "game"...i havent seen him generate any kind of a consistent forecheck aside from a shift here or a shift there. no goalmouth presence...i'm just not seeing anything from him. I'm not a believe in fighters so i couldnt care less if he fights or not. Id rather have someone who can hit.
Aside from the poorly timed fight with Thornton in Boston, I think he's been about what I expected. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think he's value doesn't come across on the ice. He's big behind the scene.
I agree with Inferno, but I need to give him some more time to get his legs under him. Hes still building up leg strength after the knee thing.
Unfortunately hes been mind-numbingly slow to to the puck and while he can drop the mitts right now building confidence in the system is more important. I wouldnt give him too long but you gotta give him some games.
After 7-10 games if he's still lumbering around like a toad and reaching to break up every play, then you really have to consider taking him out. The Rangers need to sprinkle in some time for the 4th and 3rd lines because burning out Gabby-Richards-Nash is the last thing you want to do.
But i predicted this to be a bounce back year for him, so im going to stick with my original premonition.