In an early season shake-up the Minnesota Wild have traded forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri to the New York Rangers in exchange for veteran winger Mike Rupp.
Powe, a 27 year old in his second year with the Wild, had yet to register a point this season while playing on the fourth line. Palmieri was acquired in the Marek Zidlicky trade last season from the Devils. He posted 6 points in 13 games with Houston of the AHL this season, but has fallen by the wayside in an organization stacked with young talent.
Palmieri, a former first round pick, is on to his third franchise at the tender age of 23.
In Rupp, the Wild receive a gritty veteran with ...
I've had the pleasure of talking with Travis Hamonic several times throughout my years with the NYI Blog Box. I've actually been in touch with him since his days in the WHL, then with the Moose Jaw Warriors. If you read my interview with him when he was only 19 years old and still hoping to make it to the NHL, you would see that this kid had plenty to say before he was earning a professional paycheck.
Not much has changed with the one that everyone calls, "Hammer." He's just a kid living the dream that loves to play hockey. To be honest, judging from my time spent in the locker room, he is easily, if not the biggest heart and soul player they have on that team. He always wears his heart on his sleeve and is quick to defend his team on the ice, and with his words. I remember asking him once what "the problem" was with his team's play, and he was quick to turn that around and say there aren't any problems, just areas that went wrong that could be fixed. He bleeds orange and blue amongst the best of them.
It shows merit to the Islanders scouts and management, who have not only done a good job of drafting young talent, but finding character guys with leadership qualities as well. That's why Hamonic has become one of Snow's best draft moves in 2008.
Maybe it's no surprise in the end. Most people felt that Brad Richards would ultimately become a New York Ranger. And he did, passing over better offers (allegedly) to rejoin his former coach with Tampa here on Manhattan. The surprise isn't that he's now the newest new number one center in New York, the surprise, at least to me, is the flak the Rangers got for signing him.
Richards was the most coveted UFA on the open market this year. Prior to free agency no fan in their right mind would have said they wouldn't want Brad Richards on their team if price tag wasn't an issue. Yet when the Rangers agreed to terms with Richards, the consensus opinion was the Rangers ...