In some surprising news today, the Rangers have dealt Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. Palmieri will be sent to the Whale immediately.
Then the Rangers also called up 2011 first round pick J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter from the CT Whale.
Benn Ferriero has been sent down to the Whale. Interesting that he’s been sent down as I thought he’s been playing well.
The Rangers right now have 12 healthy any forwards, and it would appear the days of Stu Bickel playing forward are over. What a relief that is.
JT Miller’s call up is likely an experiment to see how he matches up against the big boys of the NHL. I don’t think Torts would call him up just to play him five minutes a night. That would be absurd. The team will want to see Miller get his feet wet with the NHL and then take it from there. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play a few games and then be sent down either.
We’ll have more news regarding lineups and such after tomorrow’s morning skate. Be sure to check out my pre-game and five questions before the game.