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Rupp leaves Wild for ‘personal reasons’ (Updated)

Nov 29, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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Just four days after returning from a lengthy absence to make his season debut, Mike Rupp has left the Minnesota Wild.

On Friday, the club announced Rupp had been designated as non-roster status and took leave of the team for personal reasons. Forward Erik Haula has since been recalled from AHL Iowa to take Rupp’s place.

It’s unclear exactly what’s affecting the 33-year-old veteran. Rupp missed the first 24 games of the season dealing with a knee injury, but rejoined the club this week after a conditioning stint with Iowa and averaged 5:14 in back-to-back losses to St. Louis and Phoenix.

UPDATE

According to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Rupp suffered a death in the family and will be away from the Wild for “a few days.”

  1. mp1131211 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    That’s too bad to hear. He will be missed agains the Avs today and tomorrow. Could use some muscle on the line I think. Can’t blame him, of course, but I wonder how the Wild will approach the Avs in this first game without him. I’m sure they would like to establish some physical play early on.

  2. jdangerd - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I had to create an account just to bring up how out of touch you are with this team. What have Chuck or Mike done to give you the idea the wild are a physical team? Establishing the physical game? Even with Rupp in the line up this is far from a physical first team. Possession, passing, skill… Tough in the corners, tough in the neutral zone, sure, but the wild are not a physical first team.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Way to take a potential discussion and make me not give two sh**s about you. Go delete your account now.

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