The Minnesota Wild have acquired center Mike Rupp from the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.
Rupp, 33, has totaled 94 points and 765 penalty minutes in 565 NHL games during parts of 10 seasons with New Jersey, Phoenix, Columbus, Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers.
Powe, 27, has posted a plus-1 rating and 9 PIM in eight games with the Wild this season. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound centerman posted 13 points and 57 PIM in 82 games with the Wild in 2011-12, his first season with the Wild. The native of Saskatoon, Sask., totaled 43 points in 204 games during three seasons (2008-11) with the Flyers to start his NHL career.
Palmieri, 23, has totaled 21 points, a plus-12 rating and 35 PIM in 40 games with Houston (AHL) this season. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Utica, N.Y., played in nine games with the Wild in 2011-12 after being acquired from New Jersey on Feb. 24, 2012. Palmieri has totaled 25 points and 20 PIM in 87 career NHL games in parts of three seasons after originally being selected by the Devils in the third round (79th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
In my opinion this is a bad trade for the Wild. Sure they are getting bigger up front, but the loss of Darroll Powe is huge. He’s a great two way player that grinds out the opposing team, and does the dirty work that rarely shows up on the stats sheet.
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