By trading Mike Rupp for two younger players, the Rangers addressed current weaknesses and made themselves stronger for the future.
Rupp will be remembered for his two-goal performance to beat the Flyers in last year's Winter Classic, but he was looking less and less like a good fit with the 2013 Rangers, as his six minutes per night indicated.
The Wild obviously wanted Rupp enough to trade two younger players for him and they are getting a tough veteran who leads by example.
While it's good that the Wild didn't get swindled, Rangers fans should feel great about this trade. Here's why: