Gill is gone, Pens sign Rupp
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins signed checking-line forward Mike Rupp to a $1.6 million, two-year contract Wednesday, adding a physical presence to a team that didn't have an enforcer on the ice during the playoffs.
The 29-year-old Rupp essentially plays the same role as forward Eric Godard, who was deactivated for all of the Stanley Cup champions' playoff games.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Rupp will make $825,000 each season. He had three goals, six assists and 136 penalty minutes in 72 games for New Jersey last season.
The Penguins lost one of their two top-line defensemen when Hal Gill signed a two-year contract with Montreal. Pittsburgh showed no interest in signing the 34-year-old Gill beyond one season.
Rupp scored the winning goal during the Devils' 3-0 victory over Anaheim in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup finals. He has 27 goals, 26 assists and 412 penalty minutes in 335 games with New Jersey, Phoenix and Columbus.
The Penguins also signed former Boston University defenseman Brian Strait to a three-year, entry-level contract. Strait was a third-round draft pick in 2006.
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Re: Gill is gone, Pens sign Rupp
Rupp should give us an advantage, since he can decapitate opponents "Iron Lotus" style:
Okay...that was bad. Remind me next time, if I am going to go for a Will Ferrell reference, it is better to quote Anchorman than Blades of Glory...Talledega Nights over Semi-Pro...Old School moreso than Kicking & Screaming.
Final Ruthless Mock:
1.22 CB Marcus Peters, 6'0" 197 lbs., Washington
2.56 FS Damarious Randall, 5'11" 196 lbs., Arizona State
3.87 TE Clive Walford, 6'4" 251 lbs., Miami
4.121 DE Henry Anderson, 6'6" 294 lbs., Stanford
5.160 WR Titus Davis, 6'1" 196 lbs., Central Michigan
6.199 OLB Kyle Emanuel, 6'3" 255 lbs., North Dakota State
6.212c OLB Max Valles, 6'5" 251 lbs., Virginia
7.239 RB John Crockett, 6'0" 217 lbs., North Dakota State