The Minnesota Wild made a pair of moves on Monday that should help improve the size of their team, which has been a concern early on this season. The Wild sent Nick Palmieri and Darroll Powe to the New York Rangers for Mike Rupp in a swap of players who play a similar style, and called up Charlie Coyle from the AHL’s Houston Aeros.
Powe joined the Wild last season, scoring six goals and adding seven assists while appearing in every game. Rupp is a bigger body for the team than Powe, and brings a lot of postseason experience to the team. He won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003, and has reached the playoffs in each of the last six seasons with the Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Rangers. Coyle is a former San Jose Sharks draft pick who came over in the Devin Setoguchi–Brent Burns trade. The young winger has good size and has been performing well in the AHL so far this season. Coyle left Boston University to play in the QMJHL last season, and scored 15 goals while reaching 38 points in just 23 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs. In the playoffs, he added 17 goals and 34 points in 23 games. He has 14 goals and 24 points for the Houston Aeros this season, third on the team in scoring.
The trade appears to be a mutually beneficial one for both teams, with the Rangers getting a skilled penalty killer in Powe and the Wild adding a veteran presence in Rupp. The Rangers could insert Powe into the lineup as early as Tuesday, while the Wild play tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes, but probably won’t have Rupp ready to go yet.