Over the course of the next month, Konopkaesque will review each player who suited up for the Wild this season, with a few exceptions. 1) They had to play at least ten games during the season and/or playoffs (sorry, Brett Bulmer, Carson McMillan and John Curry) and 2) they had to finish the season as part of the organization, which ironically excludes the man for whom this blog is named, among others.
So, without further blathering, here’s today’s subject:
Mike Rupp, LW, Age 34
Remaining contract (per capgeek): UFA in 2014
What Did He Do? Not a whole lot. Well, except that one thing that pissed everyone off. Ugh, this is going to be a short review.
Rupp spent most of the season on a milk carton. Injured at the start of the campaign, he returned in late November and saw pockets of limited ice time in December and January, spending most of his time peering over the steep ledge of the Al Shaver Press Box. After being a healthy scratch in every post-Olympic game, he was reinserted into the lineup against St. Louis (the Wild had just clinched a playoff spot and were resting some regulars) just long enough to do this:
Cue four game suspension, and Rupp isn’t heard from again.
What to Expect if You’re Expecting: Nothing. Rupp is a free agent, and he won’t be back with the Wild under any circumstances. His suspension (the first of his career, for those who were wondering) doesn’t have anything to do with this. He just has no role on this team anymore. It’s a decent bet that Rupp has skated his last NHL shift. If that’s the case, good luck to a guy who will hopefully be remembered more for scoring the game-winning goal in the seventh game of a Stanley Cup Finals than nearly decapitating Warroad’s (sort of) finest.
Trade Prospects? Well, he’s an unrestricted free agent for one thing, and even if he wasn’t, the chances would be about as likely as myself purchasing the LeBron app.
Season Highlight: None to speak of. But in case he is retiring, here’s his golden Stanley Cup moment: