Monday afternoon the Rangers swung a two-for-one trade with the Minnesota Wild, acquiring forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri in exchange for veteran forward Mike Rupp. Powe is expected to arrive in time for Tuesday's game against the Devils at the Prudential Center, while Palmieri will report to the Rangers minor league affiliate Connecticut Whale.
The 27 year-old Powe seems a natural fit for John Tortorella's Rangers. A gritty forward who skates well, Powe blocked 91 shots last season---second among all NHL forwards, one behind Washington's Brooks Laich and three more than Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. He is also a skilled penalty killer, a player who likely will join Callahan, Brian Boyle, Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, and Carl Hagelin as a PK regular in New York.
Powe, who has 294 games of NHL experience with the Flyers and the Wild, had appeared in all eight games with Minnesota this season, post nine penalty minutes and no points. Last season he played in all 82 games for the Wild, recording six goals, seven assists, and 13 points, and totaling a career-high 57 penalty minutes.
The 5-foot-11, 212 pound Powe is the second Princeton University graduate on the Rangers roster, joining fellow Tigers alum Jeff Halpern.
Palmieri, a former third round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2007 NHL Draft, had spent this entire season to date in the minors with the Houston Aeros, compiling ten goals, 11 assists, and 21 points in 40 games. He was also a +12 and had two power play goals.
The 23 year-old Palmieri has 87 games of NHL experience with the Devils and Wild. With New Jersey in 2010-11, Palmieri appeared in a career-high 43 games and netted nine goals and totaled 17 points. He has 13 goals and 25 points in the NHL.
Rupp, who signed a three-year free-agent contract with the Rangers two summers ago, was pointless with 12 penalty minutes while playing in all eight games for the Rangers so far this season. Last year he scored four goals---including a pair in the Winter Classic against the Flyers---and accumulated 97 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Blueshirts.
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