In the comments section recently, Alex said this about Mike Rupp “And how many shots did Rupp block? 0 ! Because he is too slow to even block shots. He is a disgrace as a player and should be sent to Charlotte. He isnt even good enough to play in the AHL! “
Howiehockey said in the comments section of another post, “I’d buyout Rupp. With the exception of one or two games he has been a total bust.
And his intimidation and fighting skills have diminished greatly. Devereaux would be a lot better. Slats are you listening.”
Tortorella has also said that he “loves” Mike Rupp and following the Winter Classic, Tortorella said “I’ll tell you what he did right away before he steps on to the ice. There’s a respect he brings to that room and he’s a great pro and he brings an intangible.”
On an episode of Behind The Bench towards the end of the season, Tortorella said that Rupp has done a great job mentoring young players in how to be a pro and that he will often calm Tortorella down on the bench.
Adam Rotter: I like Rupp and think that he is very valuable to the team. Not everyone is a 20 goal scorer or someone who makes a big difference every night on the ice. The best part of Rupp has always been how he is off the ice and while $1.5 million per year for three years may seem steep for that, it is something that the team values. You need character guys in the locker room and veterans who make their biggest impacts away from the ice. He is much more than a fighter to this team and the guys in the locker room love him.
In a video piece about Mike Rupp posted at The Hockey News, Brandon Prust says that Rupp earned the respect of everyone in the locker room both on and off the ice and that he is someone that Prust looks up to:
For a guy like me, I really look up to him. You want to follow the guys like that and their attitude and what they bring to the rink every day.
John Tortorella has said that he LOVES Mike Rupp.
Rupp has eleven fights this season for the Rangers. He is averaging 6:39 per game and is on pace to have over 100 hits.
Tortorella praised the job that Rupp has done being a leader and “cultivating” the locker room on a recent episode of Behind The Bench.
According to Tom Gulitti of The Record, Eric Boulton was told that his slash on Mike Rupp Tuesday resulted in a broken thumb for Rupp.
Boulton was fined $2,500 for the slash.
Rupp told Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants that he was just “banged up.”
John Tortorella said on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Devils that Rupp was fine.
Rupp had nine shifts last night for six minutes and nine seconds of ice time.
During his press conference following the Winter Classic, on the NHL Network, John Tortorella praised both Brandon Prust and Mike Rupp as “glue guys” and huge parts of the Rangers.
He talked about how he knows that both players can “play” and that they are more than just guys who do the “heavy lifting”
They have been like four or five minute guys and they do the heavy lifting when it comes to that kind of stuff. I just don’t want them to think that’s their only role. We know Rupp can play and we know Pruster can play. It’s been a little bit of a struggle. To see them ignite us a little bit is important for the team. They are glue guys and are very important to the team in the room. I think everybody pulls for those type of players because they know they are being taken care of on the ice with them.
John Tortorella told Ranger Rants how much of an important player Prust is, “I’ve always said about Pruster, he’s a really good teammate and people—he’s a glue guy and people pull for him. I think it’s very important. It’s not talked about, but how your locker room is before you step on the ice is a very important aspect of trying to win games and he’s a huge part of that intangible.”
This team is full of good guys and players that like each other. That really comes across on 24/7. It’s a loose attitude among the team but they know what is at stake when they come to the rink. A guy like Rupp, who is a veteran, has won a cup, and understands his role is a huge part of the team. It’s the guys who don’t always get the most ice time, but make the big contributions in the locker room that are needed for any team that is going to win.
Winter Classic veteran Mike Rupp scored two goals last night in his eighth game back from knee surgery.
John Tortorella said, with a big smile, on his post game news conference on the NHL Network that he couldn’t be happier for Rupp after the season he has had, he is a “great” teammate and that he brings an intangible to the young core of the team as a veteran.
Rupp said earlier this year that he was thankful for the chance to join the team on road trips while he was injured.
Rupp was awarded the Broadway Hat following the win.
I have been a big Rupp supporter since he was signed and I think his game is finally coming along. I certainly didn’t see him scoring two goals, especially the slick first one, but he stepped up in a big moment. I loved seeing Brandon Prust basically jump into his arms after Rupp scored the second goal. I love that John Tortorella calls him a “glue guy.” He understands his role on the ice and his role in the locker room. He is a very valuable player.
via Puck Daddy
Jaromir Jagr on Mike Rupp salute: “…still gonna play them 3 more times and I think I’m gonna score and salute him back.”
— Sean Leahy (@Sean_Leahy) January 2, 2012
As for Mike Rupp’s salute, he says, “I was happy to get a goal and that’s where I’ll leave it.”
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) January 2, 2012
Mike Rupp told Larry Brooks in the NY Post that he was happy he was given the chance to travel with the team during the team he was injured.
He told Brooks that during that time he fostered friendships and relationships with the rest of the players and that he was happy to have that opportunity while injured.
As this story shows, Rupp is an awesome guy and having him around as a veteran presence, even if he wasn’t playing, was a great idea. He was a popular player in the Penguins room and seems to have a nice personality that has fit in with the Rangers.
Updated: 4:46PM: The team has sent through this statement on Rupp
New York, November 9, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Mike Rupp underwent successful surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Feldman at the NYU Langone Medical Center Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan.
Rupp, 31, has registered one goal and 14 penalty minutes in seven games this season. He has missed the last six games due to injury. Rupp is tied for second on the team with two fighting majors. He tallied his first point as a Ranger with the game-winning goal on October 18 at Vancouver, and made his Rangers debut in the season opener on October 7 against the Los Angeles Kings in Stockholm, Sweden. The nine-year NHL veteran skated in his 500th career NHL contest on October 15 at Long Island.