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Rangers trade Rupp to Wild for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri
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02-04-2013, 02:56 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Clinton, Ny
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Exactly this...there are a lot of people who would kill to play for the Houston AHL affiliate and have a chance to get called up to play for the Wild. It does make you wonder a bit about his priorities (or at least his makeup). Not to mention, I happen to think DeBoer is an excellent coach and I would lean towards blaming the player in that situation for not making more of an effort to make it work.
I remember an interview with Giants coach Tom Coughlin - they asked him about the common excuse when a coach has been around one team for a long time that "sometimes the players reach a point where they need to hear the message from someone new". His response (paraphrasing): "I don't believe in that - sometimes the coaches reach a point where the people listening to the message need to be changed as well...so instead you surround yourself with people who won't get tired of listening to your message and keep tweaking so that it's always fresh to someone".
Palmieri has already ruined his reputation in New Jersey and Minnesota - I think he basically has one more shot (most because he IS that talented), but I wouldn't count on him making it happen,
since GM Lou's specialty is evaluating hockey character. Heck, even got Kovalchuk to drink the Devils Kool-Aid.
I can understand where youre coming from, and cant hate on anyone for thinking that. Some kids take a bit longer to mature as well. I think in Nicks case he was always in a hockey crazed environment (insert witty Devils no fans remarks here). Going to Houston was a culture shock in many ways. I dont think he handled the situation well at all and should have just went to work on his game. Like I said before hes certainly not guaranteed to make it to the big club, but I think this will wake him up and he'll give it his best shot here.
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