Just got out of a long meeting and come back to my desk to see this story, and my jaw dropped. This is an amazing deal for us!
First off, Powe is exactly what we need, and is like a natural Ranger. He should fit in immediately. He can play both wing and center, giving us instant added depth. He also is the type of player that can give that energy spark, that others feed off of. We need as much of that going around as possible right now. Our PK has also suffered, and he is an immediate asset to that unit. How has no one mentioned that he was #2 in shots blocked last year where Cally was #3? Yes, we just added a player who without even being in NY, already blocked more shots than Cally did. Think about that...
And Palmieri, for as bad a rap as he has, also has a huge upside. This is likely his last chance, and if anywhere was the right place for him to land to make the most of that chance, it's here. I've got a good feeling about him, and think he's gonna work his butt off and prove all his critics wrong. He is solely in charge of his own destiny. If he makes the most of the opportunity, he can end up absolutely becoming a loved and valuable member of our team.
I will also say that though I can't say I'm 'sad' to see Rupp go, I will say that I did like him tremendously as a person and player, and that though he may not have worked out here in the ways we had hoped, he will always have my respect and admiration and I absolutely wish him the best.
But to come out of the meeting to see this news? Can't remember the last time I was this excited about a mid-low level type of trade.
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, especially since GM Lou's specialty is evaluating hockey character. Heck, even got Kovalchuk to drink the Devils Kool-Aid.
Yeah, but the competition nowadays are extremely tough outside the top 12-15 players on a NHL roster. Alot of it comes down to picking the cog that fits your exact need, and many hard working good players are not picked because the rest of the machinery fits someone else better.
Palmieri needs to pin a ton of things down to be a top 2 line player, but just because he couldn't make the top 4 lines at one place it doesn't mean he can't make the top 4 somewhere else.
For us I think he is backup -- and we certainly need that. NO MORE below avg D as fourth lineer BS I hope.