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Rippers get the band back together in effort to defend title

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  • Jamie Capstick
    The Las Vegas Rippers kicked off the 2013-14 campaign with the FHL s first ever remote draft. Thanks go to the otherwise cutthroat Steve Kempster for
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2013

      The Las Vegas Rippers kicked off the 2013-14 campaign with the FHL's first ever remote draft.  Thanks go to the otherwise cutthroat Steve Kempster for supporting the effort and facilitating communication between the Rippers war room and draft headquarters.

      While not an intentional strategy moving into the draft, Rippers GM Jamie Capstick was very pleased with the outcome which saw a long list of former Rippers be re-acquired in an effort to defend the cup.

      Beyond nine protected veterans and two protected rookies, Las Vegas will welcome back five former Rippers, including three who helped the club raise the cup in the last year of play.  Despite being left unprotected, defencemen Jack Johnson and Matt Carle join bruising forward David Backes in making an immediate return to the squad.    These three cup-winners are joined by former Ripper rearguards Matt Niskanen and Zach Bogosian, who through release and trade were forced to leave town before glory knocked on the door.  All five players were noticeably pleased by the outcome.

      In a very unique turn of events, GM Capstick brought in only five new players to his familiar squad.   Veteran FHL additions Sean Couturier and (longtime Rippers target) Mikko Koivu join with FHL virgin Devan Dubnyk and NHL/FHL rookies Morgan Reilly and Torey Krug to fill out the roster.  

      A veteran squad to be sure.  Many expect a return to greatness from perennial contender Canadian HItmen.  But surely even these Hitmen know the defending champions are a force to be reckoned with.

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