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Two games in a row with Minnesota Wild players targeted, possibly 3 concussions, isn't it time for Mike Rupp in the lineup? #Deterrent
— Allan Walsh (@walsha) April 4, 2014
So with the game virtually meaningless to the Wild yesterday, Mike Yeo decided to give Rupp his first game action since February 1st. Walsh, again, fired off a Rupp related tweet.
Great to see Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp playing tonight. A model of perseverance and overcoming adversity. #FearTheRupper
— Allan Walsh (@walsha) April 11, 2014
How does Rupp respond to getting into game action? He takes this run at Blues F TJ Oshie in the second period.
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Today, Rupp will have a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety. It means he can only be suspended four games or less, but the guess here is that he will be receiving the maximum amount of games played just based on the fact that he is Mike Rupp and the fact Oshie did not return to the game.
Regardless of how many games he gets suspended, Rupp has played the final game in his Wild career. There will be no use for him on the roster when the postseason starts next week.
During a time when the Wild are continuously looking to get faster, Rupp is a player who has no speed and offers very little offensively. The only reason he was on the ice last night was so he could be that deterrent against a very physical Blues squad. He ended up being the exact opposite.
Farewell Mike Rupp. Your time with the Wild was short and really not all that sweet.
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