Monday, February 4, 2013

Rupp Traded To Wild For Powe and Palmieri



 According to Blueshirts United:
Monday afternoon the Rangers swung a two-for-one trade with the Minnesota Wild, acquiring forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri in exchange for veteran forward Mike Rupp. Powe is expected to arrive in time for Tuesday's game against the Devils at the Prudential Center, while Palmieri will report to the Rangers minor league affiliate Connecticut Whale.
In addition to this, the Rangers called up J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter from the Connecticut Whale and sent Benn Ferriero down.

I definitely was not expecting to see Mashinter on Garden ice this year. I assumed when the Rangers acquired him from San Jose a few weeks back that he was added depth for the Whale. On Sunday The NY Rangers Blog had the Mashinter Watch going after Rupp and Bickel were reduced to less than five minutes of ice time each in the last Rangers game.

J.T. Miller was the Rangers' first round pick in 2011 and Hockeysfuture.com has this to say about him:
Miller is an excellent two-way player, with some offensive upside. A good face-off man, he plays well along the boards and in tight areas.
As for Powe, from what I've read he's a gritty bottom six guy who is a solid PKer.

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