April 5, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Mike Rupp (71) and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Craig Adams (27) chase the puck during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

A Look At The New York Rangers's Roster: Mike Rupp

Who knew that the most successful player on the New York Rangers (in terms of winning the Stanley Cup), would be forward Mike Rupp.  The veteran player has been on two Stanley Cup winning teams and, along with Brad Richards, has the most playoff experience to lead this young team.  Crazy, I know!

When you think leadership, Mike Rupp isn’t exactly your go to guy, but that’s exactly how I see him.  Sure the team brought in Arron Asham who also has Stanley Cup expereince, but it’s Mike Rupp who’s working with the young players.  The approachable forward’s hands might be busted far too often for fighting, but his mentor-like demeanor is great as he sits on the bench.  Some might see him as a drain on the salary cap, but for the few Atlantic Division games he’s needed and another playoff push makes him a valuable asset to have on the team.

An old school enforcer, not one for cheap shots but rather squaring off with his opponent, Rupp’s specialty is a dying art that the New York Rangers try to keep going.  Padded with players like Asham and Stu Bickel means his fighting is limited, but when called for, the 6’5″ Rupp is an undeniable punching force out on the ice.

The New York Rangers would be silly to give him up, small reasonable contracts are doable with Rupp and great success can come from this arrangement.  You’re not going to get 20 goals from Rupp and see a season changing player out of him, but do you really need that with this off season’s movement?  I didn’t think so.

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