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.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger