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.