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Shakeup Street: Rupp dealt for Powe; JT Miller, Mashinter recalled

Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs and

Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mike Rupp trade punches during their first-period fight at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 26, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

The 4-4 Rangers, faced with games this week against the Devils, Islanders and a rematch with Lightning, shuffled the deck today and the result translates to an influx of youth, at least temporarily, while Ryan Callahan and Chris Kreider recover from injuries.

Mike Rupp, 33, was shipped to the Wild, in what looks like a smart deal for the Rangers, for Darroll Powe, 27, the former Flyer with speed and penalty-killing skills, and prospect Nick Palmieri, a former Devils third-round draft pick in 2007. Rupp, 33. brings character, size and playoff experience to the Wild, and a willingness to drop the mitts. But he seems to have been slowed considerably by knee problems.  

The Blueshirts also save a bit of money. Powe, who could play tomorrow in New Jersey, is earning $3.2 million on his three-year deal. Rupp, a quality person in the room and with the media, was in the second season of a three-year $4.5 million contract.  

Powe, a center, blocked 91 shots last season; the coach surely will like that. But personally, I'll miss Rupp and wish him the best. Palmieri will report to the AHL.

Then the Rangers dipped into the Hartford cupboard, summoning 19-year-old J.T. Miller and hulking Brandon Mashinter from the Whale. Miller, a center who won the gold with Team USA at the WJC on the day the lockout ended, can play five games before burning a year of his entry-level contract.  Mashinter, a 6-4 enforcer acquired from the Sharks on Jan. 16 for Tommy Grant, appears to be Rupp's sub at this point.  

Callahan (shoulder) and Kreider (ankle) are not quite ready to return, so In the short term, the Rangers now have 12 healthy forwards; Benn Ferriero was sent down. That's a situation which means Stu Bickel can return to the 8-man defense corps and not be pressed into service on the fourth line.

Theoretically, the lineup could be:

Gaborik, Richards, Nash

Hagelin, Stepan, Pyatt

Boyle, Halpern, Asham

Powe, Miller, Mashinter

McDonagh-Girardi

Del Zotto-Staal

Stralman-Gilroy/Eminger/Bickel (depending on the opponent)  

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Powe will wear No. 8. Miller, who is well worth a look, No. 47, and Mashinter, No. 40. 

 

Rupp brings character, size and experience to the Wild, and a willingness to drop the mitts. But he seems to have been slowed considerably by knee problems.  

 

 

 

Gaborik, Richards, Nash

Hagelin, Stepan, Pyatt

Boyle, Halpern, Asham

Powe, Miller, Mashinter

 

No Ferriero, Rupp

 

Callahan, Kredier out….

Tags: Mike Rupp , Darroll Powe , Brandon Mashinter , J.T. Miller , Chris Kreider , Ryan Callahan , Benn Ferriero

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