This is Martin Rucinsky. He’s played a long time time in the NHL and has lived in a lot of nice homes across North America (Edmonton, Quebec, Denver, Montreal, Dallas, New York, St. Louis, Vancouver) and he should pass 1,000 career games in the NHL this season.
Quick feet, soft hands.
A little known fact about him is that he didn’t really enjoy his time as an Oiler. I have several references from days gone down in this regard, long story short he missed home, felt the Oilers didn’t treat him well and got himself traded by one Glen Sather.
We’ll put him in the “Miro Satan” family of guys who maybe the Oil should have kept. Sather made up for it by giving Rucinsky a handsome Ranger contract in 2005.
The Oilers have a tough test/great opportunity tonight as they play the Avs. They can get out of Denver with a win and tie their provincial rivals tonight which will do much to steady the nerves of the fanbase.
They can also get some traction in a season that has had little. Look for Pitkanen and Gilbert to log plenty of ice, and something tells me Raffi is going to do something we’ll be talking about by 11PM.