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Rupp on his Devils Stanley Cup ring: “That thing is put away”

May 15, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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As far as anecdotes go, Mike Rupp is becoming the MVP of the Eastern Conference finals.

A former Devil now plying his trade with the Rangers, Rupp has been a go-to quote machine for anything involving the Hudson River Rivalry.

So, what about the Stanley Cup ring he won with New Jersey in 2003?

No big deal, he tells Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun.

“That thing is put away,” Rupp said. “I have not looked at it for a while. I think it’s something I will cherish more once I am done playing.”

Rupp was brought to New York partly because of what he did in 2003. This past summer, the Rangers made a concerted effort to bring aboard guys with winning pedigrees that had a history of coming up big in big moments, like Brad Richards and Ruslan Fedotenko.

Richards scored seven game-winning goals en route to the 2004 Conn Smythe trophy. Fedotenko scored both goals in Tampa’s 2-1 Game 7 victory in the Cup finals that same year.

Rupp’s best known as the guy that scored the game-winning goal against Anaheim in 2003. But his performance was more than just one goal — after sitting out the entire postseason, the Devils summoned him for the final four games of the Cup final, and Rupp responded by scoring four points.

He seemed destined for a career of postseason success…but it didn’t exactly turn out that way.

“That was my first year in the league, and to able to win a Cup, I thought I was going to be playing for it multiple times,” Rupp explained. “And this is the first time I have got back to the final four.”

  1. biffnasty - May 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Idk why he doesn’t play more, he is not the most skilled offensively, but seems every time he is on the ice he creates a scoring opportunity

    • jfive84 - May 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Well, biffnasty, it’s pretty simple. Mike Rupp is largely irrelevant when you look at the overall makeup of a team. The guy has averaged under 10 points a season for his entire career and his virtually no talent. He is a big body who can stand in front of the net and eat icetime. Guys like that are easily swapped in and not. Not only that but he is classless, ie his Jagr salute during the winter classic which was pretty embarrassing given his track record, mocking perennial all-start and future hall of famer. I am a Devil fan and although his goal in the Stanley Cup finals against Anaheim was meaningful, it was merely being at the right place at the right time and the guy has never been a really positive contributor to any team, period.

      • brian32556 - May 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        jfive84 – your comment is “irrelevant” and just another simple posit by a simpleton Devil fan. You mess with us, Ruppers is gonna…make…you…pay!

      • jfive84 - May 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        brian, i see you fanboy-ing around PHT, commenting something generically corny on every rangers article during the past week. I commend your dedication and you should feel free to downvote my post, as will many others I’m sure. I really couldn’t care less though, anybody who has watched hockey throughout this past decade will agree with me that Mike Rupp isn’t relevant. Good luck in the series, may the best team win as always.

      • brian32556 - May 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Another poll conducted in the shower this morning! Such experts!

  2. pensfan29 - May 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    i SWEAR rupp was with the pens when they won the cup. That last paragraph of the article confuses me….

    • Mike Halford - May 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      He signed for two years with the Pens in 2009. In the 2010 playoffs, they lost to Montreal in Round 2. Last year, of course, they got bounced by Tampa in Round 1.

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