NHL insider slams the Rangers for ‘not taking care’ of Matt Rempe, fears 6’8″ rookie will have a short career if nothing changes

Matt Rempe has been a joy to watch in his first five NHL games. He dropped the gloves with veteran Matt Martin in his first-ever NHL game — in which he also became the first player in NHL history to make his debut in an outdoor game — and since then, that’s been pretty much the theme since.

In the first period of Sunday’s game in Columbus, between the Rangers and the Blue Jackets, Rempe did what he’s been doing for every game except one: Fought.

Rempe dropped the mitts with Mathieu Olivier early in the first period, and he’s going to have to get used to this.

Every heavyweight in the league wants their go with Rempe, who has had four fights in five career games. Rempe traded punches with Mathieu before Olivier landed several tough blows, eventually sending Rempe to the ice. Rempe was sent to the locker room but returned before the first period ended.

Rempe is already a huge fan favorite in Manhattan, and it’s rare to see a tough guy enter the NHL in the same fashion as Rempe has done.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – FEBRUARY 25: Matt Rempe #73 of the New York Rangers and Mathieu Olivier #24 of the Columbus Blue Jackets fight during the first period of a game at Nationwide Arena on February 25, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images)

But now, voices are concerned that Rempe may need to be more selective with his opponents going forward.

Everyone loves a great fight, but if Rempe continues to accept every fight, it could harm him. And if the Rangers want his physical presence on the ice, he can’t spend most of his games in the penalty box or the locker room, getting stitched up.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – FEBRUARY 18: Matt Rempe #73 of the New York Rangers, playing in his first career NHL game fights with Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders during the first period during the 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series at MetLife Stadium on February 18, 2024 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector took to X, formerly Twitter, to ask the Rangers to ”take better care” of Rempe.

”This kid shouldn’t be doing this every day. Someone in the Rangers org needs to take better care of this young man,” wrote Spector.

”He does not always have to say yes. It’ll be a short career if he does.”

NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 22: Matt Rempe #73 of the New York Rangers warms up prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 22, 2024 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Graessle/NHLI via Getty Images)

In the comment section, many agreed with the take.

”Love his toughness; he won’t have much of a career if this happens all the time. Rangers need to pull him back a bit,” one said.

”Ya that’s a lot of big shots lol. He’s gotta cool it,” another said.

”He’s made a name for himself already. Probably time to chill,” a third said.

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