The Wild are reporting that they have traded Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri to the New York Rangers for center Mike Rupp. This comes after the Wild calling up Charlie Coyle, and reportedly scratching Powe to "send a message" to Devin Setoguchi and Mikael Granlund.
This is certainly an interesting move for the Wild. Rupp does not play an altogether different game than Powe, though Rupp has much more size, and is certainly not afraid to drop the gloves. This has to be a move to improve the size of the team. The Wild have been pushed around this season, and adding Rupp to the lineup, along with Coyle, puts two big bodies in the line up in a short amount of time.
Nice to see the Wild off load the Palmieri contract somewhere, freeing up a contract spot, and getting rid of a kid with a strong sense of entitlement.
More on the trade soon. For now... any initial thoughts?