The New York Rangers today dealt winger Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This continues the Wild’s roster shakeup which began this weekend with their call-up of rookie Charlie Coyle. Rupp brings what Wild GM Chuck Fletcher calls “size, experience and grit” to a lineup which had been short of those qualities so far this season.
Palmieri is reportedly headed to the Rangers farm team, while Powe is expected to report to the Blueshirts. This also sheds a bit of salary for the Rangers, as Rupp earns $1.5 million, while Powe earns a cap hit of $1.o6 million. Powe obviously doesn’t address the Rangers need for more scoring depth beyond their first line, so this could make room on their payroll for a future acquisition.