Rangers Trade Rupp to Wild.

The New York Rangers today dealt winger Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.

Rangers ship Rupp to the Wild.

Rangers ship Rupp to the Wild.

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.

3 Comments

  1. Good move by Wild. Powe was like too many others, a non-scoring checker, in the Wild lineup. Wonder what this means for mean Matt Kassian?

  2. The Rangers are treading dangerous waters. They’re so top-heavy on that first line that hasn’t really wowed me yet. And on the other end, Coach doesn’t play the fourth line unless he wants to beat someone up. Blocking shots, while admirable, is not a defensive “identity.” Their defense has been suspect, and Henrik Lundqvist is looking entirely too human. Thinking this was probably not a good time to trade their only true fourth line pugilist.

    Tortorella isn’t helping much either. He refuses to give the fourth line regular minutes, and there’s no rhythm between the other three lines. With Callahan out a couple weeks, he has the perfect excuse to break up Nash, Richards and Gaborik. Put Gaborik with Stepan and Hagelin. That line played well last season, and maybe it’ll wake up Hagelin’s scoring ability. Just do something to wake this team up.

  3. Man, seeing coyle up in the NHL and knowing Brent Burns is still on IR really stings as a sharks fan.