Rangers trade Mike Rupp to Minnesota, get Darroll Powe, Nick Palmieri


Don’t get too excited about this deal.

It gives the Rangers a little more potential third-line depth, because Powe — a sturdy 200-plus pounds on a short frame — is known as a penalty killer. He mainly plays the left wing.

The fact that he played in the Flyers organization for a while, and that his penalty minutes total was an odd number in four of his five pro seasons (smile) means he has a little meanness to his game. Will throw hands, in other words.

I don’ t know much at all about him otherwise. Palmieri, from what I understand, is a minor-leaguer who is going directly to Hartford, and will probably stay there

Rupp was a fourth-liner and was struggling to be that. This also means that Stu Bickel and Arron Asham’s fists will be a little busier now — starting tomorrow in New Jersey, and that Bickel for the time being is a forward.


Here’s the official announcement from the NYR:


Send Forward Mike Rupp to Minnesota

NEW YORK, February 4, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri from Minnesota in exchange for forward Mike Rupp.

Powe, 27, has skated in 294 career regular season games over five seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Minnesota Wild, registering 28 goals and 28 assists for 56 points, along with 196 penalty minutes. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has registered nine penalty minutes in eight games with Minnesota this season. He is tied for third among team forwards with five blocked shots.

Last season, Powe ranked second among NHL forwards with a career-high, 91 blocked shots. He also established career-highs in games played (82), shots on goal (109) and penalty minutes (57). In 2010-11, Powe registered career-highs with 10 assists and 17 points, while leading the Flyers with a career-high, 196 hits. He skated in his 200th career game at New Jersey on April 1 of that season. In 2009-10, Powe notched a career-high, nine goals, and finished second on Philadelphia with 183 hits. He has also tallied one goal and four assists in 40 career playoff contests with the Flyers.

The 5-11, 212-pounder made his NHL debut on October 24, 2008, as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He notched his first career NHL point with a goal on December 9, 2008, against the New York Islanders. Powe originally signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent on March 20, 2007.

Palmieri, 23, has registered 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points, along with 35 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating in 40 games with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He is tied for sixth on the team in points, fourth in goals, seventh in assists, third in penalty minutes, and ranks second in plus/minus rating. Palmieri has recorded five multi-point performances this season, including a two-goal effort on October 20 at Texas.

The 6-3, 220-pounder has skated in 182 career AHL contests over five seasons with the Lowell/Albany Devils and the Houston Aeros, registering 49 goals and 40 assists for 89 points, along with 135 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in games played (69), goals (21), assists (15), points (36), shots on goal (148) and penalty minutes (36) during the 2009-10 season. Palmieri made his professional debut on March 21, 2008, at Norfolk, and recorded his first professional point with the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win on March 28, 2008, against Worcester.

The Utica, New York native has also skated in 87 career NHL games over three seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild, registering 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He established NHL career-highs in games played (43), goals (nine), assists (eight), points (17), game-winning goals (two), and plus/minus rating (plus-nine) with New Jersey in 2010-11. Palmieri tallied an assist while making his NHL debut on January 20, 2010, against Florida. He was acquired by Minnesota, along with Kurtis Foster, Stephane Veilleux, a second round pick in 2012 and a conditional third round pick in 2013, from New Jersey in exchange for Marek Zidlicky on February 24, 2012. He was originally selected by the Devils as a third round choice, 79th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Rupp, 33, has registered 12 penalty minutes in eight games with the Rangers this season. The Cleveland, Ohio native signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2011. He was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils as a third round choice, 76th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.


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  1. Powe averaged 2:27 and 3:10 PK TOI the last two full seasons. Seems like a useful niche, even if he does nothing else.

    Also from Saskatoon, Sasquatchawan, so GregZzZz will be PUMPED!!!! Gogogogogogogogo

  2. Carp can you give me Katie Strang’s cell #? I promise not to stalk her or tell her that I love her. I’ll even invite you to the wedding!

    And Eddie – stay away – she’s mine!

  3. ILB … I think you’re right. This team now lacks toughness. With all due respect, if Stu Bickel is your ‘goon’ you are in a bit of trouble.

  4. The Rangers did *not* like my idea to let Bickel and Rupp fight it out at center ice to see who gets to stay, eh?

    Too bad we couldn’t do Rupp and Asham for Konopka…

  5. ggod trade. got faster. the tough stuff is overrated. this is a 4th liner for 4th liner. powe is younger and faster and smaller…

    palmieri is another big body forward with some nhl experience. how could anyone think this is not a good trade.

    obviously this is not exactly a game changing trade but the little trades often help more then you think…

  6. better player at this stage, too. Better skater. Rupp was only a matter of time before he broke down again. Rupp was on the way down. Bickel still has some upside.

  7. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Agree about the heavyweight thing.

    They are not trying to replace Orr, they are still trying to replace Simon

    I was thinking of the wrong palmieri earlier, the good one is the one in Anaheim.

  8. has everyone decided Rupp is garbage now that he’s gone or are people still guzzling the Tortorella-ade

  9. If this means Bickel is locked-in as a 4th line forward for the foreseeable future, I hope Gilroy gets the 6th D-man minutes. Think he brings more upside than Eminger.

  10. not sure exactly what Bickel upside is. coach doesn’t trust him enough to play him. anytime you trade a player who can’t play, for a player who can, its a good trade.

  11. Gilroy actually looks good as a 6th defense-man. He can actually skate, jump into the play and support the offense. Not so great on D but a decent 6th defense-man.

  12. TherealMikeyNJ on

    Rupp is a great guy and teammate, but other than his goal at the winter classic has been an absolute bust since comin here.

    Love the guy, but torts had no use for him, as he was useless

    Good luck in minny

    Now if only we could get torts to STOP playing Bickel as a forward!!!!!

  13. I was hoping for a move like this, to get someone to eat up some of the PK minutes that Feds, Dubie and Prust provided last year.

    Regarding the odd number of PIM Carp spoke of, Powe has 16 NHL fights in 4 plus seasons. He went twice with Steve Ott last year, according to dropyourgloves.com. Sinec Ott is now with Buffalo, that’s something to look for.

  14. @AdamRotter RT@ SNYRangers: News: Rangers Call Up JT Miller/Send Down Benn Ferriero – on.sny.tv/Wqbjkt


    Bye bye Ferrari!

  15. Ferrari will certainly be missed. I liked him. Guess it was a sign when got 4th lined with Bickel….

  16. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t and do not think rupp is garbage. He was a light heavyweight 4th liner and if he was our team’s biggest problem, we were doing great.

    I do not believe toughness is overrated in the least and I think we were already lacking in the toughness department with the players we lost from last season and now even more so.

  17. This is quite the day. I’m one of the prominent Prust whiners and getting a guy with Powe’s profile (for cap savings, no less) certainly makes me feel better. And JT Miller coming up? Hope the missus wasn’t expecting a nice Tuesday dinner.

  18. i thought ferrioro looked fine. tampa game he did not get a chance and he can skate….

    adding speed and youth, i always like that.

  19. I agree with you Wicky (As usual). This team is definitely lacking in Toughness. I just don’t think Rupp was making a difference in that category. Asham is going to need to step up and be more of an honorable goon from now on and I guess Bickel will have to dress when need be. We need some guys to protect this new stockpile of talent that we have.

  20. It’s obvious that Torts likes his grinders to have speed. Unfortunately Rupp didn’t have any.

    I thought Gilroy skated really well on Saturday night and it would be great to see him continue to play well.

    I don’t see JT Miller having an impact ala Kreider in the playoffs. He’ll get 4th line minutes and that isn’t usually conducive to scoring goals.

  21. Glad to see Miller called up, you got to see what that kid can do at this level. Personally I would like to Christian Thomas called up too, but he is a similar player to Powe. Mashinter will take over Rupp’s mashing duties. Mashinter has danced with Zac Rinaldo a few times and also fought Bickel last year in the AHL

  22. I don’t think JT Miller is playing 4th line. You don’t call a kid up that is 19 and needs to play as much as possible to stick him in for 4 minutes a game. Unless this is a patchwork solution until The Kreider gets back and they are just trying to give him a feel for the NHL.

  23. martybiron43 Good luck to @Rupper17 in Minny. Great guy, awesome teammate but even better goal celebration!! #jagrsalute #winterclassic

  24. Love where you’re going with that Romeo. MASHINTER would be a huge benefit in the size category.

  25. Looking forward to seeing JT. Not too much pressure on him – vs the Debbies at the rock!
    Wondering if it’s less stressful to start out your nhl career on the road though.

  26. Agreed Manny. You bring up a no talent career AHLer to fill a spot like that, unless as u said, it’s to give him feel for nhl for a couple games.

  27. Maybe it will be Miller or Krieder, one stays, one goes back down. Whoever shows themselves to be the closest to what Torts wants out of his players in all 3 zones will probably stay.

  28. Well done & well said Headzo (Being 1st and all :). Hey Carp! Agree completely about your assessment of Rupp’s talents, but I’m hoping Bickel stays rarely used on D while Kreider maybe could come back from his injury by Tuesday… But if not, maybe instead The Rangers could recall for the NJ game someone like Brandon “The Masher”-? Mashinter or Dylan “The Undertaker” McIlrath – if Bickel does go to wing.

  29. There’s a difference between willingness to fight and functional, 12:00+ minutes per game toughness. We lost / lack the latter so far this year, not the former.

  30. There is one thing sather is terrible at and that is signing goons in the free agent market. Sather should have signed parros and Konopka when they were free agents this past year. Parros as a enfourcer can actually play some hockey.

  31. and being able to skate, fight and chip in offensively

    none of which Mike Rupp can do anymore

  32. ?@JimCerny@ So to sum up #NYR day: Add Powe, Miller, Mashinter & Palmieri (to @CTWhale) Move: Rupp (to Minn) & Ferriero (to Whale)

  33. Rob in Beantown on

    I would think it’s less pressure to have your first NHL game on the road. Exception: goaltender. If I were a goaltender I’d rather play at home.

  34. Doesn’t surprise me. Even when I was talking on here the other day about how Rupper and Asham were both signed through next year you had to realize that they’re similar players as for the roles they play. Rupp >Asham but despite
    him looking slow and old most nights he is still the more attractive as far as attempting to move one. If they got a little defensive depth back and aren’t as slow I like the trade.

  35. Monster Nash-Brad Richard-Marion Gaborik
    JT Miller-Boyle-POWE!
    Monster MASHINTER-Dr. Halpern-Stuart and his Bickels


    Is that really how it’s going to go? Still looking thin on the second lines and below. Maybe JT Miller sees second line time with Hagelin moved up?

  36. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    They should have never got rid of Simon as far as enforcers that could play and fight go

  37. This was pretty much trading trash for trash. Powe is essentially useless, but less useless than Rupp had become with his destroyed knee. Palmieri should never step foot in MSG unless he buys a ticket.

    This definitely doesn’t change anything, but we did at least get a bit quicker and a better PKer.

  38. Im actually in a bit of shock that Rupp could be traded considering he isnt a) healthy b) young c) one of the toughest in the league anymore. If anything Id guess Asham would be moved first.

  39. So Rupp’s gone for Powe and Paklmieri and JT Miller gets a go with the big club..these are the little tweak moves that can sometimes right a ship..IE-Hagelin/ Mitchell- 2011-12

  40. Hysterical:

    @TGfireandice@ Asked DeBoer if he’s seen John Tortorella since Game 6. “No,” he replied, ““We didn’t spend any time together this summer.”

  41. I wouldnt call someone that has made a living playing the PK “useless”. Unless you believe anyone can play the PK. Which as we’ve seen isnt the case.

  42. Chris Simon is on the same team in the KHL with Zucc. Metallurgy? or something like that. BTW Zucc is free to return to the NHL after KHL season which ends this month.

  43. “trash” and “over rated superstars”…the only types of players that exist to the perpetually pessimistic Ranger fans

  44. So, if Miller sticks, one of Halpern or Asham is already in the press box most nights when Cally returns, huh?

  45. JonnyD:

    This looks purely like addition by subtraction to me. Can’t imagine Powe will do much of anything and Palmieri is a minor-leaguer but whatever.

  46. RE: busier fists for Ash and Stu- If they’re going to fight in place of Rupp, does that mean they have to get their jocks handed to them as well? We should also find a 255 year old Tortoise with arthritis and a bad ankle to replace Rupp’s skating ability.

  47. Didn’t look to see if it was posted yet, but the NYR have called up JT Miller and sent down little red ferrari.

  48. Numbers Update: Darroll Powe will wear No. 8



    RETIRE #8. No one can replace THE PRUST.

  49. Rob in Beantown on

    New York Rangers @NYRangers
    Numbers Update: Darroll Powe will wear No. 8, JT MIller No. 47, and Brandon Mashinter No. 40 with the Rangers

  50. While we’re talking about fighters who can’t really do much of anything else. The Rangers have one down in Hartford who might be the best pound of pound slugger on skates: Michael Haley the former Icelander.

  51. Precisely Mr D.

    And Lloyd I’ll take addition by subtraction if Powe turns out to be utterly useless. Not even just for this year but for the sake of Salary as well. Rupper was making 1.7 mil this year and next. Powe makes 950k.

  52. ZzZz NASH ZzZz on

    So Powe is from Saskatoon hmmmmmmmmm well he is NO BOOGAARD!!!!! Can’t believe the big guy went up in the sky : ( RIP big guy , nice goal , my fav )

    Rupp and Assham make me puke seeing ’em as Rangers . I tolerated Brasshear but once asham gets Knuckled down…then trade him too!!

    All fighters must wear little gloves inside there gloves ..seems wayyy to Cavemanish seeing bare-knuckle fighting..too many broken bones.

  53. I wouldn’t let Haley on the ice for this team if he were growing on Lundqivst’s butt. Prust sayin’

  54. As someone has pointed out on another Rangers blog

    Before everyone gets crazy it needs to be pointed out that JT Miller has a slide year on his ELC.

    Meaning, if he plays 5 games or less in the NHL his contract slides to next year, thus saving a year on it.

    If he plays more than 5 the 1st year is burned which adds him to the pile of UFA/ RFA needed to be signed in the upcoming years.

    My bet is the NYR will be very cognitive of that and plan accordingly.

  55. CT,
    small market teams worry about that stuff. if Miller shows he can help, he will stay.

  56. stranger nation on

    Powe ranked second among NHL forwards with a career-high, 91 blocked shots…hmmm…think Torts likes this guy…

  57. CT- thanks for the info.If that’s the case I’m sure he goes bye bye when Krieder comes back.

  58. I think that career high in blocked shots means Powe plays 6:10 instead of 5:50 on Tuesday night

  59. stranger nation on

    Mashinter-Miller-Bickels: 4th line

    Would they put him on 3rd line in first game?

    Torts trying to pop Kreider’s inflated ego with Miller call?

    Fererra’s had more intentional icing than shots on Goal during his stretch with the big club.

  60. Rupp never really recovered from whatever injury he had last year, and wasn’t very good before it either, except the Classic.

  61. Lloyd, ive always recognized Rupp for what he is. Many other folks on here overrate their own players, its just what a lot of fans do.

  62. Lets look at this optimistically; if everyone is healthy and both Miller and Kreider stick, that would mean that Powe is the 11th F and a fighter is the 12th, right? That’s a hell of a lot better looking than Pyatt on the 2nd and Rupp on the 3rd line, huh?

  63. Powe was second in the league last year in blocked shots… An even more amazing stat if LW3H is correct regarding Powe only averaging about five and a half minutes of ice time over the last three years.

  64. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Sather announced that the Rangers owe Rupp a debt of gratitude for his leadership while here in NYC, but since his career is winding down, the Rangers wanted to give Rupp the best chance possible to make it to the Finals one last time.

  65. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    and McD is going to the HoF. The Rangers are going to have to retire the phrase “great play by McDonagh”…memory is blurry after all these years, but was even Leetch this good at speed and angles on D?

  66. Btw, Powe was 2nd in blocked shots for forward and LW3H info on Powe’s ice time was over the last two full season.

  67. stranger nation on

    Leetch was a very sound d-man in his own zone – what set him apart was his offensive game – some of the best hands and feet ever at the position

  68. “the Rangers wanted to give Rupp the best chance possible to make it to the Finals one last time.”

    This says a LOT about how the team rates itself, don’t you think!?

  69. Leetch had the ability to “anticipate the play” like a hall of famer, before he ever played an NHL game…

  70. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Jimbo – I was only kidding about Sather and Rupp

    I remember Leetch being solid, VERY solid, on D and never out of position, but I think McD is like greased lightning on D

  71. can’t compare McD and Leetch. very different players. Leetch a much more complete player. McD more of a defensive defensemen. he has some offensive upside, but will never be in Leetch’s class on O.

  72. I don’t get MSG network where I live, but caught a Rosen – Michelletti broadcast on NHL network. Can someone please explain to me why the kept pronouncing Ferriero “Fereo”. is that really how you say his name?

  73. bull dog,

    That wasn’t me that wrote that comment on Miller’s contract status, jut reposting from another site.

    I do think the timing for this move is relevant though. The 5 game period that the Rangers could use Miller for woud last through the Feb 14th game vs the Isles. That should give either Cally and/or Kreider enough time to return to full health while Miller gets a look. I think there’s some weight to the idea that they were timing the 5 game period to overlap with them getting a few guys back rather than run the risk of playing Miller and having to return him with no replacements available.

    Otherwise why wouldn’t they have called up him right after finding out about Cally’s injury?

  74. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Isn’t this still the US of A? Doesn’t that 1776 thing say that I can compare any two people that I want ?

  75. Yeah, I cant belive Slats would say something like that regarding Rupp having a better chance to make it to the finals with The Wild as his career wound down… But if Slats did actually say that, I suppose he was trying to pull a Herb Brooks… I could see Herb saying something like that (or using one of his “Brooksisms” ) in order to motivate his team to try and prove him wrong.

  76. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    We’ll get some overhead lifters and four barrel quads
    oh yeah
    Keep talking whoa keep talking
    Fuel injection cutoffs and chrome plated rods oh yeah
    I’ll get her ready, i’ll kill to get her ready
    With the four speed on the floor they’ll be waiting at the door
    You know that ain’t no s* we’ll be getting lots of t*
    In Grease Lightning
    Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go

  77. Oh!! OK, Dubi – I fell for it!

    But with all the player moves made today, one would think that a little “panic” may be setting in up in the Front Office. Just goes to show you that every single season is completely different from the last one – we thought they were “close” at the end of last season, and now this team is very much a “work in progress”…

  78. I think he is getting a look now because he earned it. the Rangers don’t think like that, give him 5 games only, to save on a contract. I doubt when all are healthy he stays, but if he plays really well, they will keep him up regardless of contract.

  79. these moves today were small moves not panic moves…

    if miller is not ready no big deal the guy is 19…

    adding mashinter about a month ago, ferriero recently, and having rupp depart helps with youth at the forward position in the system…

    this team is very young. richards, henrik, biron, asham,halpern, and pyatt only guys 30 or older…

  80. It’s ok Fat Guy Duberstein, I understand… We’re all a little excited with April 1st coming up and all in only less than two months.

  81. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    I don’t think the squad is a work in progress. I think they quickly got behind the injury 8-ball, and had some poorly timed poor play to kick off the season, but I think we just need to fill in some blanks. When’s the last time a team like TB wasn’t able to turn us to slush with their speed? We’re not 2011-12 – we know now that that kind of team doesn;t get to the Finals. We’ll be built to go further.

  82. Usually, it’s only ORR that tricks me with his “faux” postings! Now I have to watch out for Dubi, too…

  83. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Bulldog – it’s not apples-to-apples to compare McD’s defensive play to Leetch’s defensive play?

  84. Always liked Darrell Powe when he was with Philly. Think he could be a Prust-like player for us. Palmieri did some good things in NJ too and is probably an upgrade over Ferreiro and gives us more offense down in HFD.

    Either way the Rangers are better team now than they were this morning so well done…

  85. Overrating your own players is saying things like Stepan will be a #1 center on this team he is absolutely untouchable. (Last season’s threads)

    Saying that Mike Rupp is (was) a solid option as a 4th line physical (goon) presence isnt overrating, underrating, or whatever. It is what it is.

  86. bull dog,

    I don’t doubt that he earned a call up, but do you think they made the decision that he earned it over the course of less than a week, in which he only played 2 games?

    And given that the cap is coming down next year and the wave of RFA and UFA players they will have over the next couple of seasons, maintaining that extra year of cost control is probably a smart move.

  87. CT,
    not saying your point is not valid. just saying I do not think the Rangers think that way. that is small market thinking.

  88. Bull dog, I believe the Flyers just went through it with Scott Laughton so not necessarily small market thinking…

  89. eddie eddie eddie on

    odds of Rupper scoring 10 goals with the wild are slightly higher than Chris Christie missing 10 square Lunches today…..aint happening

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