"I have had some success playing with him. And if that's the way the lines shake out this year, then I think we can have a fourth line that could add a little more production than we had last year."
Rupp scored nine goals and totaled 17 points, the second highest totals for each category in his career, while playing on a regular shift with Asham in Pittsburgh two years ago. Rupp had just four goals and one assist during his first year on Broadway.
But let's not make any mistake, they're out there to energize the crowd and stick-up for teammates, as Rupp adds...
"Asham is not the biggest guy, but he's one of the tougher guys I have fought in this league and played with in this league. He has that no-nonsense approach, the style we like to play here."
...while I'm still not a huge fan of the Asham signing, I hope he ends up being one of those players you hate when he's on the other team, but love when on yours. Sort of like Avery.
...as far as offense from the fourth line, even just a couple of extra goals could go a long way towards this Rangers team once again contending for the Stanley Cup.
For video of Rupp & Asham fighting, follow the jump.
Here's there first fight against each other in Rupp's second NHL game...
...Rupp you just got owned.
I'm really looking forward to the Hollwegian-like numbers Rupper and Asham will put up. speaking of ole' hard head...
nice 5-points stache
Well at least Rupper hasn't lost his sense of humor. I mean really - if by offense he means punching people in the face or perhaps starting a game against NJ with a 6 man tango - sure I can see that a offensive. Look no one cheered louder than we did when he embarrassed Philly in the classic but no one expects him and Asham to put up impressive points unless penalty minutes count. :-)
This should give you an idea of what an Arron Asham/Mike Rupp combo could do on the ice together.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSpl9n2yZhc&feature=player_embedded
If Rupp can play like he played in the winter classic I'd be stoaked! If Ashams going to bring him some familiarity then that's great. Maybe he'll put up a 15/20 point season?
Wow doc emrick wasn't swollowing the microphone and scream about the most mundane things? SHOCKING!!!
@AnnoyingJoe -- check out Hollweg's picture there ... it looks like Del Zotto wearing a fake mustache!
@TheWrage Complete defensive breakdown there. Could you imagine what torts would do I that happened against us? Hahaha