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Rupp suspended four games for ‘late, illegal’ hit on Oshie

Apr 11, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

The NHL has suspended Minnesota’s Mike Rupp four games for an illegal check to the head of Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

In making the ruling, the league determined that Rupp “drives his left shoulder into Oshie’s head, making it the main point of contact, and causing an injury.”

It was also determined that Rupp was guilty of interference, as Oshie was no longer eligible to be hit, let alone be hit in the head.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Man that feels really light. Even with the lack of history.

    • killerpgh - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      I was thinking that was a “heavy” punishment for a 1st time offender who has played 11 years in the league. 1 regular season and 3 playoffs games seems more than the NHL player safety dept usually give out for 1st timers.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        It is more, but it is a new emperor– er, dictator– uh, executioner?… … guy now. I personally think that if they plan on getting head shots out of the game, the hand has to be heavy. But of course, it is consistency that has always been the problem, too.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Of course with Quintal as the new discipline czar, get used to seeing more suspensions and heavier fines, etc. I don’t think it’s coming from Quintal, but rather Bettman and his people want heavier suspensions. The reason reason is the two concussion law suits hanging over the NHL. The NHL is going to need to show that they are being proactive to help minimize the damage from those lawsuits

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      It is,, considering rinaldo got 4 and the player still had the puck

  2. bcsteele - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I’m a Blues fan and I’m actually okay with this sentence.

    As much as its a late hit and the principle point of contact, he didn’t lunge into him at least and he has no history. Plus you take into account a few games he’s going to miss are playoff games.

    All looks fair to me.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      the fairsest part is that he wasnt ever goiing to play in the playoffs for the wild anyways. He was playing to rest some guys.

  3. djshnooks - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Well, we now know that Quintal sucks at his job as much as Shanahan did.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      No more Shanaban. Quintaliban? Just not the same…

  4. mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Sounds good to me. 3 play off games. It was a nasty hit, but didn’t seem to be ill intended. Just horribly placed. I still think Rupp’s time is up. Not sure how he helps Minnesota get better as a club.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      3 “playoff games.” Wasn’t like Rupp would have been playing anyways. The only reason he was playing last night was because the Wild sat a couple players.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        yup hes not a part of the team, mp he rides the pine

  5. hammerhead5573 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comeonnow – Remember what Shaw got in his first offense against the flopper which by the wasn’t nearly as bad as last nights hit. In this case 4 games is definitely light.

  6. 950003cups - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    What’s going on with Rupp? He likes to be a ball breaker at times. Like when he punched Brodeur in the playoffs. But this is very out of character for him. It was blatant. No doubt. Rupp just KO’d the only American player to make news in the Olympics.

    Four games is fair. You can’t have that. What would happen of one of the Blues retaliated and took Parise’s head off?

    • wannabebluesplayer - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Blues player would receive a longer suspension and Hitchcock probably would be suspended and/or fined. This is why the NHL is bush league. In the old days, the other teams skill players would have been on notice. They are next. By current standards, 4 games is fair, but until there are much harsher punishments, some players won’t care about delivering hits like this. It’s a shame really. Hopefully Hitch is right, and everyone is back and ready next thursday.

      • getadealdonealready - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        If you watched the game, none of MN stars touched the ice in the 3rd for fear of retaliation. Agree with the above posts, penalty seems fair, and looking to see some consistency with not only the penalties on how it’s called in game. I’ve seen worse hits in the last month that didn’t even get a 5 and a game, let alone a suspension. I’m fine with them cleaning up the game, but it has to be consistent. Calls in game right now seem to be based on how hurt the opposing player is (not in this case, but in some it has been some good acting that has gotten the 5 call)

  7. futuisflyers - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I don’t like the late hit/interference assessment. If Rupp make’s a body check, there is no way the refs call an interference penalty. Every game guys get rid of the puck and get hit later than in this instance. This isn’t exactly “bam bam” but it’s well within two seconds of Tj’s release of the puck.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Another blue’s player had the puck, so technically it is late. But I think you are right. Guess if he didn’t want the late hit call he shouldn’t have tried to remove his head from his neck.

      • spiciercheez - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Wait, so once another player has the puck then that makes it a late hit? That’s an interesting take on that rule if you ask me. Players finish checks all the time after the puck is passed away and it’s never interference…

      • mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        A player in possession of the puck can be hit. A player without possession cannot. SO….. Why do you think they called it a late hit?

  8. tved12 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Watch it in real time, it’s less than 1 second between Oshie getting rid of the puck and the hit. I actually used a stop watch and it’s roughly .75 seconds. You’re telling me that’s a late hit?

    That said, Rupp should have positioned himself better. It’s a new game, whether you mean to or not, this kind of thing is going to earn a suspension now days. 4 games seems like the standard for a first time offender who takes out an American hero. Plus he’s a goon, not too many fans are going to be broken hearted over this.

  9. billsin20xx - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I think Rinaldo’s hit on Ruhwedl was a lot dirtier then this one, both got 4 games and Rinaldo’s won’t include playoffs.
    And Rinaldo is a punk known for being dirty, where Rupp isn’t.

  10. purpleguy - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I doubt he intended to hurt Oshie with a head shot, but he deserves the suspension for not being careful enough. It’s a shame as that may very well be the last NHL play Rupp ever makes. I think us Minnesotans felt as bad as Blues fans did given Oshie is from Warroad, MN.

    • tved12 - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      The one thing I think about, what if it was a different player who laid this hit, like Suter. Would all of us Wild fans be “Ok” with this suspension? I can say now that I wouldn’t.

      It’s an unfortunate result, but not a malicious hit.

    • 950003cups - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Rupp just negotiated his next contract in Philly. Snider is at the Rupp residence cooking walleye and corn on the cob for the Rupp family. Apron, chef hat and all. Then for dessert, special Philly cheese steak sandwiches for all.

  11. bluesdroogie - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    I thought it was a hockey hit, yeah the head was principle contact but rupp is a lot taller and just laid out the other teams star player. isn’t that what players are supposed to do. I am a Blues fan, but I also grew up watching the game in the late 80’s and so on. that was a clean hit at that time. bring back enforcers and fighting and let the players police themselves, these types of hits would be a lot fewer and farther between. Stephane quintal, Shanahan, its funny, they were both teammates in st Louis. If shanny had still been in charge I think it might not have been a suspension. i guess Quintal had a fonder emory of st Louis or at least is trying to be impartial.

  12. flyerspsu - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    wow heavy suspension for a veteran who has gone his entire career w/o a suspension, another example of inconsistency in the rulings

  13. zraskovich - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Can’t see how it was any more deliberate than Brown’s elbow to Pominville. Hated to see it was Oshie…would not have been surprised (if he was playing) to see it was Backes on the receiving end.

  14. ffrey3660 - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I think that player’s who injure fellow NHLPA brothers should sit without pay until injured player is healthy to play and then take their punishment. Can’t understand how they are united when it come’s to contracts and pay a then take runs at each other. Losing players for any amount of time because of this cost’s a team more than any suspension for another. When the NHL and the NHLPA figure this out the goon factor will go away. As a Wild fan I was very disappointed with Rupp’s action, yet can’t understand why nothing was done for the late head hit on Parise game’s before. If the NHL wants more scoring get rid of the cheap shot hit’s on the talent. Make a REAL price to pay on this crap .And make GM’s accountable for sighing these guy’s.

  15. clarke16 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    For all the ladies who got their thongs so twisted up the other night over this “goon”

    Rupp: “I was glad to hear that Oshie is doing well. For me, that’s truly the main concern that the player is not seriously injured. Hopefully he’ll get back on the ice soon. He’s a great player for the Blues and the league, so I’m happy to hear that.”
    “It was a situation where I got stuck out there for a long shift. We were starting out there against their fourth line and we got stuck out there and they were trying to get the mismatch that they’d want. I was just in a time where it’s my first game back and trying to be structurally sound was my main objective coming into the game. I have, in that situation, a player come up the boards and my job there is not to let the player or the puck come to the middle of the ice. There was a late attacker and there was a sixth attacker probably in the middle of the ice. So my intent there is to finish my hit there and not allow the puck to go in the middle or the player. There’s zero intent on the outcome. I feel awful for that. I know coming around the circle he looked up and I felt like he saw me and his D-man right there. I don’t want to say we made eye contact – don’t think there was eye contact –but he looked up to kind of see what player was around him. Then he looked down at the puck and cut to the middle. I know that what I felt on the ice was I hit chest and his shoulder. I didn’t feel his head. I’m not naïve enough to know when I watch the video there was some head contact there. But I can tell you that definitely the first point of contact was shoulder and chest, so I think it’s a matter of me being 6-5 and a hit that got away from me. I’ll take responsibility for that.
    No suspensions, no fines?
    It’s been something – there have been things in my career that I’ve said in my career that you want to be remembered for when you leave the game and one thing is the respect of your teammates. That far outweighs any goals or anything else you accomplish on the ice. There’s that and then you want to be known as a guy who plays the game the right way. Even on our call in talking to the league, they made note of saying that a guy who’s been in the league as long as I have in the role that I have, it’s unheard of that nothing’s been of question for me in my career. So I don’t like that there’s questions of marking a player or head-hunting. That’s never been the case for me. I’ve been a guy who’s gone out and stirred things up emotionally in games, but I’ve never taken a shot at a player and I would never start to do that now. It’s just one, like I said, that hit got away from me and I’ll take responsibility for that.

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