New York Rangers Trade Mike Rupp for Nick Palmieri and Darroll Powe

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20:  Mike Rupp #17 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on January 20, 2013 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 6-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Although the NHL season is just getting started, teams are already being aggressive in the trade market. The New York Rangers are one of those teams, as they have acquired two players for Mike Rupp. 

The veteran will go to the Minnesota Wild in return for Nick Palmieri and Darroll Powe, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

Rupp was starting his second season with the Rangers and off to a slow start. He had no points in eight games and was averaging only six minutes and 15 seconds on the ice per game.

He was also among the worst on the team with a plus/minus rating of minus-three.

However, he will be able to provide the Wild with the steady play of someone who has spent nine years in the NHL.

On the other end, the Rangers receive a solid young player in Palmieri. The big right wing has limited experience, but has played well in his short career. In 85 career games, he has 13 goals and 12 assists.

LeBrun reported that the 23-year-old player will go directly to the AHL squad as the team hopes he can improve and provide help in the future.

Also included in the trade is 27-year-old Powe. The Canadian played in all 82 games last season with Minnesota and is solid on the defensive end. Unfortunately, he has also yet to record a point this season.

Both teams have gotten off to average starts to the shortened season. They have each won four of eight games, although the Wild have an extra point due to an overtime loss.

Hopefully, this trade provides a jolt to each side as they look to contend for a Stanley Cup.