Posts Tagged Michael Rupp

Wild Put Konopka On Waivers … Could the Jets, Oilers and Flames Be Interested? Wild Notes

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild have put center Zenon Konopka of waivers today. Coach Yeo said it was because they needed to call up a goalie (recalled Darcy Kuemper. Josh Harding not ready yet.), but Russo doesn’t buy that.  Michael Rupp could have been put on waivers. Keith Ballard will be a healthy scratch as they activated Clayton Stoner. They could have kept Stoner on the IR for one more game. They could have also returned Stephane Veilleux to the minors.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless wonders if the Jets will put a claim in on Konopka. He’d bring an element they are missing. Good on the faceoffs and carries a $925,000  cap hit.
  • Mark Spector: Spector responds to Lawless saying how he doesn’t see how Konopka gets past the Oilers or Flames: “Cheap, tough, wins face-offs. 4th line C.”
  • Mark Spector: Spector does note that both the Oilers and Flames have had a couple chances to sign Konopka in the past and didn’t show much interest in doing so.

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Quick Hits: Cut resistant socks, Ryder, Scouting Avs-Sharks, Markstrom, McGrattan, Leafs blueline and Holtby

  • Michael Russo via twitter: Wild players are testing out the cut resistant socks in their last couple skates. Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu have tried them. Michael Rupp has been wearing them since Erik Karlsson’s injury.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Michael Ryder is in Columbus and is expected to join the Canadiens in Toronto today for tonight’s game.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche and Sharks game last night from the Eastern Conference were the Jets, Rangers and Bruins.
  • Terry Koshan via twitter: Don’t anticipate any changes to the Leafs blueline tomorrow night, John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek are the 4th pair.
  • Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals coach Adam Oates said he’s running with Braden Holtby but hasn’t decided if he’ll start tonight against the Flyers.

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Wild acquire Rupp from Rangers for Palmieri and Powe

The Minnesota Wild have acquired forward Michael Rupp from the New York Rangers for right winger Nick Palmieri and forward Darroll Powe.

Rupp was originally drafted by the Islanders in 1998, 9th overall in the 1st round. He went back into the draft and was picked 76th overall in the 3rd round in 2000 by the Devils. He carries a $1.5 million cap hit.

Palmieri was originally drafted by the Devils in 2007, 79th overall in the 3rd round. He carries a $577,500 cap hit.

Powe was undrafted and carries a $1,066,667 salary cap hit.

Mike Rupp

Nick Palmieri

Darroll Powe

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Sutter to Kings? Jets claim Miettinen … Giroux out with concussion … Downie fined … Campbell fractures foot … Starting goalies

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Sources confirm that the Kings have officially sought permission from the Calgary Flames to speak with Darryl Sutter. Josh Rimer via twitter: Rimer is hearing that Sutter could be named the new Kings coach tomorrow.
  • Philadelphia Flyers on NHL.com: Flyers GM Paul Holmgrenon Claude Giroux:

    “Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse.  He will be out indefinitely with a concussion”

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Lightning forward Steve Downie was fined $2,500 for leaving the bench on a legal line change to get into an altercation.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Jeff Skinner will be evaluated by doctors in Raleigh before a timetable on his return is given.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins forward Greg Campbell has a fractured foot and will be out against the Kings and Senators.
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Maple Leafs forward Matthew Lombardi skated with teammates for the 1st time since his shoulder injury.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers forward Michael Rupp has been cleared for contact. He’s not quite ready for game action, but will be on the trip.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tuukka Rask will start in net for the Bruins against the Kings. Tim Thomas will start in net for the Bruins tomorrow against the Senators.

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NHL free agent rumors involving Jagr, Salo, Bergenheim, Torres, Cole, Rupp, Harding, Fleischmann, Leino, Wisniewski, and Hejda

  • Daniel Tolensky via twitter: On offer sheets: No 2012 or 2013 1st round picks have been traded. Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Jose and Washington have traded their 2nd round picks. Anaheim, Nashville, San Jose, Toronto and Vancouver have traded their 3rd round picks.

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Jokinen re-signs … Wisniewski talks to continue … Oilers sent damaged goods to Kings … Rumors and Notes: Blackhawks, Vokoun, Arnott, Leafs, Souray, Barker

  • Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Forwards that the Blackhawks might be interested in are: Joel Ward, Erik Cole, Mike Rupp, Max Talbot, Matt Bradley, Cody McCormick, Sean Bergenheim, and John Madden. They have shown some interest in Jan Hejda and he may be an option if Montador doesn’t sign.
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Tomas Vokoun, “We’re in negotiations with him as we speak and are very hopeful.” Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos,

    “He’s made $30 million the last five years,” Santos said. “Does he really need to go out and get an extra $500,000?

    “For Vokoun, I don’t think there’s ever been a better time in this organization that looks like we have a chance to win than in the next few years.”

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott will be hitting the open market tomorrow. Arnott’s agent/brother said in an email, “although we maintain an open line of communication with the Caps, Jason will test free agency at this point.”
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues are willing to commit long-term to TJ Oshie, but they/he needs to figure out his role, a top 6? Energy guy? 15 or 25 goal score?
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Sheldon Souray, Cam Barker and Mike Commodore were put on unconditional waivers for the purpose of being bought out.

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Morning news and rumors involving Ehrhoff, Montador, Oshie, Maple Leafs, Wisniewski, Penguins, Canadiens, Jets and Sens

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: After the Sabres acquired the rights to Christian Ehrhoff, they sent the rights to Steve Montador to the Blackhawks for a conditional 2012 or 2013 7th round draft pick.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Islanders reportedly offered Christian Ehrhoff a 6 year deal worth close to $33 million before his rights were moved on.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: An official announce should come later this morning, but the Blues and TJ Oshie have reached an agreement on a deal, possibly for 1 year.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs have shown interest in UFAs, Brad Richards, Christian Ehrhoff, Scottie Upshall, and Max Talbot.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: On James Wisniewski’s rights being sent to Columbus.

    “I called James and his response was ‘Let’s go. We’re going,’” Zito said. “His level of enthusiasm for (Columbus) was pretty high.

    “I grabbed a shirt and shoes and flew to Detroit (from Chicago) to meet him last night. Then we flew together to Columbus and got here around midnight. So here we are. I look forward to meeting with the guys and seeing what they’re thinking.”

    Both sides are expected to meet around 8:30 this morning. Zito wouldn’t say the term and money they are seeking.

  • Rob Rossi and Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sources are saying the Penguins have offered Jaromir Jagr a 1 year deal worth $2 million. As of last night they still hadn’t heard back from him. The Red Wings and Canadiens have made offers to Jagr as well. Jagr was to land in the US late yesterday afternoon, but after 6 pm, Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda was not returning messages. The Penguins are about $6 million below the cap, but would like to keep $1.5 million free for in-season moves. Aaron Asham signed last night for 1 year, $775,000. GM Ray Shero still hopes to re-sign Tyler Kennedy and Michael Rupp by Friday.
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Montreal Canadiens will have some extra cash to spend tomorrow as Roman Hamrlik rejected their 1 year offer, and James Wisniewski rights were sent to Columbus. After Yannick Weber signed a 2 year deal worth $1.7 million, the Canadiens have 17 players under contract with a cap hit of just over $50 million. They still need to sign Josh Gorges, Ryan White, another forward and a backup goalie. Players that could interest the Canadiens are: Michael Rupp, Tyler Kennedy, Aaron Asham, Ville Leino, Ben Eager, Michael Handzus and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Winnipeg Jets probably won’t be able to land a big name, but here is a list of players that could fit the mould of someone they might be interested in: Max Talbot, Joel Ward, Sean Bergenheim, Chris Higgins, Jonathan Ericsson, Cody McCormick, Vernon Fiddler, Rick Rypien, Shane Hnidy, Jason Jaffray.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators would like to sign a player who could play on their top 2 lines and a backup goalie.

    “There will be a couple of guys we will discuss, and there might be the same type of situation that, after Day 1 or Day 2 or Day 3, the guy that we like hasn’t signed yet and is wondering what’s going to happen with himself, and may be very willing to come to a younger team, that he may feel he has a real good chance to get a good spot and produce.

    “We need probably three goalies in the organization. we need a backup here, we need a backup in Binghamton, and we need a fifth guy. So right now, that’s been the talk here between our staff. But we’ve also looked at guys that are young and we think have Top 6 forward potential, but we have to see where it all plays out on Day 1 and Day 2.”

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