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Rangers trade Rupp to Wild for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri
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02-04-2013, 02:53 PM
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Rupp actually looked really good the last game and was all over the ice. The 3 min he had. He needed to up his game big time, but Torts didnt give him much time at all, even when he was playing well. If thats the case - then why not deal him?
I dont think you can underestimate the leadership Rupp gives to a team and how he is in the room, but the team has a lot of leaders and more speed was needed in my opinion.
I dont know a ton about Powe, but i remember seeing him in some Wild games i watched last season and when he was with the Flyers. Has some grit to his game, goes to the net - much more speed than Rupp. Blocks shots, HITS, PK guy, can pop in a goal here and there. Fits into what the Rangers need - has that Prust type of mentality on the forecheck which is missed this season thus far.
I think the big question with Powe is will he assimilate into the Rangers system well defensively and can he be trusted. He's got better wheels and the Rangers needed that. The Rangers scouts usually do a good job bringing in the right guys for these roles so I'm sure they've done their homework.
Upgrade? Yeah I think so... especially since the Rangers wont have to use Nash and Gabby on the PK as much. They most certainly needed this losing Dubi, Prust, Feds and Ani. - and even more so now with Cally out.
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