NHL Trade Analysis: What the Rangers Gained by Trading Mike Rupp

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NHL Trade Analysis: What the Rangers Gained by Trading Mike Rupp
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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:

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