When the Rangers traded Mike Rupp I thought the Rangers were getting a player who could simply play fourth line minutes and not be a liability on the ice.
I think they got more than that in Darroll Powe. Powe right now is killing penalties and is adding some energy out on the ice. Basically he’s doing what Brandon Prust did minus the fighting.
One advantage I think Powe has over Prust is his skating ability. I miss Prust a lot but I don’t miss his poor skating. Powe knows his role on the team and isn’t afraid to get in the dirty areas.I think Powe will become a fan favorite for the Rangers shortly. Everyone loves a hard working player who will do what it takes to win. Just take his quote in the Daily News as exhibit a. Below is what he had to say about the goals he helped set up for Ryan Callahan and Arron Asham last night.
“I don’t care if I get a point or not. The team gets a goal and a big win, and for me that’s what it’s all about.”
I love it. I think the Rangers found a great replacement for Prust, and for $1.5 million a season cheaper.