Don't really care about the deal. I think it's a poor direction, but nobody involved is more than a 4th-liner, and Rupp's extra salary next year is somewhat offset by the reduction of a contract this year.
But, it does lesson the value we got in the trades to get Powe and Palmieri.
Last edited by State of Hockey: 02-04-2013 at 01:26 PM.
Feel bad for Torchetti, lol. He was just saying how this has been the hardest year for him as a coach due to the personnel turning over. The Fontaine-McIntyre-Palmieri has been the best since the first two weeks.
I really liked Palmieri's game in the AHL but I am sure he looked like that before (don't know, just going off stats). Also, his non-reporting to Houston appeared to open the door to a trade.
As for Powe, I always liked his hustle and willingness to drop the gloves.
Rupp is tougher than Powe but also slower.
It seems redundant to me to have Kassian, Konopka, AND Rupp....gotta be something else coming.
I have a gut feeling that Kassian gets traded and one of Dowell or Veilleux is coming up. Dowell is a better fighter than Veilleux and probably better all around but if Yeo wants a worker who will go through the boards every shift, it's Veilleux.
Did not see him tinkering with the depth/grinders, though. Thought maybe Seto would be traded to open a spot for Zucker or to let Granlund play wing.
Assets: Has excellent size. Often plays as a poor man's version of a power forward. Can play some center, as well as wing, and is also willing to stick up for teammates. Will drop the gloves with anyone.
Flaws: Will go into prolonged scoring slumps, which hurts his ability to see greater ice time. Can take a few too many bad penalties during the season. His skating is below-average by NHL standards.
Career Potential: Physical, versatile veteran role player.
I was/am a big Rupp fan. Loved his game. After he hurt his knee though, he has just looked really slow. His fighting ability seems to have deteriorated along with his skating. He wasn't bad, but he was just kind of...there. Didn't contribute much of anything.
Rangers fans will always have a soft spot for him due to his Winter Classic performance and calling Jody Shelley irrelevant.
Then he gives the Jag's salute. Not bad. I like that it gives us more size and in theory makes us harder to play against. There definitely won't be any shortage of fights in Wild games this year haha. I also really like that it frees up a contract. More trades potentially coming? Or maybe bringing up Zucker to give him a shot. Who knows.
The things I don't like are the fact that it adds salary and we lose a little PK ability but mostly a lateral move. Not great not awful.
Gut feeling says maybe GMCF is still working behind the scenes.
Honestly Palmieri's antics make me think he was a prima donna that thought his value and ability was above where it's actually at. I'm ok with getting rid of him. I don't see him as anything other than a career AHL'er.
The thing about Rupp I get, he's big and gritty.
The thing I don't get about this trade is, they want to be able to roll 4 lines right? So, we have Heater who yes, is obviously slow. Something Wild fans can't seem to ever make a post about him without mentioning. But by all accounts, Ranger fans say Rupp is borderline pylon as well. Doesn't seem like they're sticking to the uptempo/fast mantra with this move.