Apparently that’s the mystery at the moment. Here’s Rangers beat writer Andrew Gross from his Twitter:
@TGFireandIce reports Devils Eric Boulton said he was told Rangers Mike Rupp broke his left thumb because of Boulton’s slash Tuesday.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) February 2, 2012
According to Tom Gulitti of The Record, Eric Boulton had a phone conversation with Head of NHL Player Safety Brendan “Don’t Shana-ban me” Shanahan regarding his slash on Mike Rupp during Tuesday night’s game in Newark. According to Boulton, Shanahan informed him Rupp’s thumb was broken on the slash – which was not penalized during the contest – and was fined $2,500 for the altercation.
More on this after the jump.
Gulitti asked Boulton more on the conversation and if it warranted a fine. Here’s his response:
“I don’t agree with it, but it is what it is,” he said. “You can’t do much about it. I guess you’ve got to be a little bit more careful with your stick. But there was definitely no intent there. I explained that to him. They still felt I needed to be fined.”
Whatever “injury” Rupp sustained on the slash didn’t cause him to miss any time as he finished the game Tuesday and played 6:09 of ice-time in last night’s game in Buffalo. Gross asked coach Tortorella after Tuesday night’s game about Rupp condition to which Torts replied the player was “fine.”
Chalk this up to another case of NHL team’s concealing injuries in order to protect their players. Shanahan would not have made up Rupp’s broken thumb to give him justification for fining Boulton.