Falcons Acquire Kuiper; Reunited with Rullier

The Springfield Falcons are reporting that the club has acquired defenseman Nick Kuiper from the Portland Pirates (AHL) in exchange for future considerations. The undrafted three year pro has split time between Manitoba (AHL) and Portland and the Augusta Lynx (ECHL) this season after spending two seasons with Norfolk (AHL) and a four year NCAA career with UMass-Amherst.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Kuiper is a solid stay-at-home defenseman and will be reunited in Springfield with fellow Manitoba/Portland blueliner Joe Rullier, who was acquired by Tampa from Anaheim at the NHL trade deadline for Doug O'Brien. In his eighth AHL campaign, the veteran Rullier is a tough physical defenseman and should step into the Springfield top defensive pairing, while Kuiper may see his time split between Springfield and Johnstown.

The acquisitions of Kuiper and Rullier and yesterday's recall of P.J. Atherton from Johnstown brings the total number of defenseman on the Springfield roster to nine that also includes Jay Rosehill, Sylvain Dufresne, Andy Rogers, Matt Smaby, Doug Andress, and Mike Egener.

The February tradings of Andy Delmore and Doug O'Brien should be viewed as an effort by the organization to address defensive zone breakdowns and lapses by the Falcons backline, and the acquisition of Rullier and Kuiper are moves in an attempt to bring some veteran stability in those areas.

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If Kuiper and Rullier are

If Kuiper and Rullier are here to bring stability then what are Andress and Dufresne doing here?? I see that maybe one of the latter goes to portland for the future consideration, and if so, who is not pulling their weight to where SPF would have to bring in all of the extra D help??

Also, with all of the callups from j'town how do they survive?? Actually the forward situation on each team looks a lil scary

More to come...

With 9 defensemen on the current roster (not counting injuries), there is definitely more movement in store.

I would imagine Andress and

I would imagine Andress and Rosehill would go down to Johnstown.

Kuiper Move Coordinated by Tampa

Word from the Lightning is that because all personnel decisions in SF are directed by the NHL club, Claude Loiselle (TB Asst. GM) was speaking with Anaheim about both Rullier and Kuiper, but because Kuiper is on an AHL contract, SF technically does that deal.

Read into that what you will when looking at the "future considerations" for the deal.

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