What we lose here is size and a guy willing to drop the gloves with anyone. We have Bickel for that, and we're not a small team anyway (even if I would have prefered a bigger dude like Skille as I mentioned earlier today).
What we gain is a guy who's better or equal to Rupp at pretty much every other facet of the game, we make our fourth line a lot faster, we send some long overdue help to CT and add a guy that can chip in on the fourth line in case of injuries too?
Not like its a major trade, but Sather sure as hell won this one.
Rupp is a good guy and well respected in the room, but his skills have been on a steep decline. He's lost another step or two and isn't the intimidating fighter he once was. We get a guy with good wheels who can play a regular shift for us and won't be a liability. Can't complain.
question for NYR fans, why they don't call up Haley. The guy is the perfect 4th liner!
He has had an up and down season so far with the Whale and other players were ahead of him on the depth chart. Depending on what happens, the Rangers may call him up at some point this season. Mashinter would seem to be the better player and he is a legit heavy.
Is Powe a scrapper like Prust was? Or does he not fight much?
Powe actually dropped the mitts with Prust when he was in Philly, however he is not a fighter like a Prust. He is a more of a gamer that will drop the mitts from titme to time. Think Boyle, Dubi etc. <--Not in terms of style, stritcly in terms of fighting. Not going to win fights but will answer the bell. Has fought much tougher opposition. Carkner, Dennis Bonvie, Ott all on his fight card. He also got Letand to drop the mitts as well.
Very solid move. I always liked Palmieri's skill set, so maybe he can do something and learn a little in the AHL. Powe is a good fit. And like someone said, could open up a spot for someone else to come in and play.
They must be trying to stack the Whale roster because they are trying to pull additional kids up from Whale to NYR