I hope he gets his personal issues all sorted out, but I don't want to see him back on the team. He's been made redundant by Tanner Glass IMO, who is better at every facet of the game save fighting. There's just no place for Rypien anymore.
I miss the entertainment value of watching him pummeling guys 50lbs heavier and 6" taller, but everything else I'm not missing. I hope he gets his head screwed on straight for his own sake, but I highly doubt we'll ever see him in an NHL uniform again.
It's unreal how much time he has missed over the past 5+ years with injuries. It's really a shame, as it pretty much killed his development. When he first came up, he looked like he could have maybe ended up growing into a great 4th liner, or maybe even a 3rd line player, but that just never really had a chance to happen.
I was listening to Sportsalk weekend last night and Jay Janower said that they had kept Ripper's equipment in his stall in the Canucks locker room all season (similar to what they do for guys with long-term injuries) but just recently they emptied his stall...also, it wasn't that they needed another empty stall because there are a few other empty ones.
If Rypien could have understood the game well enough to be an effective forechecker he could have been a force. With his skating he could have been all over the defense like Hansen driving them crazy. That combined with his fighting skill would have made him a nightmare to face.
in all fairness he wasn't given much ice time nor linemates to really flourish.
That's true. He showed flashes of hands with his breakaway goal against Calgary or his double spin-o-ramma that resulted in a good chance. Like so many borderline NHL players it's not the tools that are lacking but the tool box.
His skills dont have to be the reason why hes missed. He has a great attitude and really fits in with the boys. I think he should get a chance to get his spot back,but who really knows what his demons are.
Rypien added an element to the team that they did not have. He was the only guy on the team (with all due respect to Glass) that could really energize everyone by fighting. His David to Goliath impressions were Epic, in every sense of the word.
For the amount of ice the 4th line gets, he was not a liability. He was also reasonably good with the puck, he just was not quick enough on the forecheck to ever morph into a real top end bottom 6 guy. I hope he returns, and takes a spot on the 4th line again.