Rangers trade Mike Rupp to Wild
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With the trade of veteran Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri and the call-ups of 2011 first-round draft pick J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter from the AHL, the Rangers are expected to have some new forwards in the lineup against the Devils on Tuesday night.
After a busy day for the lineup-shuffling Rangers (4-4), Powe, 27, an astute penalty-killer and shot-blocker, and the youngsters from the Connecticut Whale are expected to make their debuts in Newark.
Powe, a former Flyers center who played more than 200 minutes shorthanded and blocked 91 shots last season, fills a hole that opened in the offseason.
The Rangers parted with Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky in the trade that acquired Rick Nash from Columbus. Ruslan Fedotenko signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia and Brandon Prust left for Montreal. All were deployed on the penalty-kill.
The Rangers -- who are without Ryan Callahan (shoulder) and Chris Kreider (ankle) -- rank 19th in the NHL while shorthanded this season after finishing fifth last season.
The most intriguing all-around player is Miller, 19, who won the gold medal with Team USA in the World Junior Championships this winter and would have gotten a long look if there had been full training camps.
Miller's stay could be short. If he plays six games in the NHL this season, the year counts against his entry-level contract.
Rupp, 33, a former Devil who signed a three-year, $4.5-million contract last July, is a physical presence and character guy but has been slowed by knee issues. In 68 games with the Rangers, he had four goals -- including two at the Winter Classic last January -- an assist and 109 penalty minutes. He also was second to Prust in fighting majors.
Mashinter, 24, was acquired from San Jose on Jan. 16 for Tommy Grant. The 6-4 left wing racked up 324 penalty minutes in 236 AHL games.