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Minnesota Wild 2014 free agent analysis: Mike Rupp

The Minnesota Wild have several unrestricted free agents this offseason, including Mike Rupp.
The Minnesota Wild have several unrestricted free agents this offseason, including Mike Rupp.
Joseph Gunther/Minnesota Wild Examiner

The Minnesota Wild have few roster spots with the emergence of their young stars. However, a few players still need to supplement the roster. The Wild enter the offseason with 14 unrestricted free agents and eight restricted free agents.

Here is unrestricted free agent forward Mike Rupp.

2013-14 Team(s): Minnesota Wild (NHL), Iowa Wild (AHL)

2013-14 Statistics: 13 games played, 1 assist, 1 point, plus-1 rating, 23 penalty minutes, 6 shots on goal (Minnesota); 5 games played, 5 shots on goal (Iowa)

Outlook: Rupp barely played last season for the Wild and was a healthy scratch most of the way. He got back into the lineup once the team clinched a playoff spot and had that appearance end on a game misconduct penalty early in the second period.

He scored some big goals in his career, including the clinching goal for the New Jersey Devils to win the 2003 Stanley Cup finals, and had a career-high of 13 goals in the 2009-10 season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 34-year-old provided the Wild with toughness when he was in the lineup. However, he provided nothing else. He is big and slow with shot knees. This may be the end of the line for the long-time enforcer. The Wild are not going to offer him another contract and it is unlikely any team will this summer.