Rupp Joins Wild; More Line Shuffling

The Wild flew home yesterday, after a two-game road trip, and were back on the road today, kind of. The club practiced at Saint Thomas Ice Arena and was joined by its newest member.

Forward Mike Rupp joined the team after arriving in the State of Hockey yesterday. The Wild acquired Rupp from the New York Rangers for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri on Monday. After practice, Head Coach Mike Yeo said he expects the newcomer to make his debut in a Wild sweater tomorrow against the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 243-pounds, the 33-year-old is an imposing figure out on the ice.

With Rupp in the lineup, that means two forwards will be healthy scratches in tomorrow’s game. However, guessing the lineup will prove challenging because the Wild shook up its forward lines again for today’s practice.

Charlie Coyle, who was recalled on Monday from the Houston Aeros, skated on a line with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. Coyle was solid in his NHL debut on Monday against Phoenix, and was moved up from the second line. Dany Heatley flipped with Coyle and skated alongside Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen.

After the top two lines, the other two were in flux. The third line was comprised of Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak, while it looked like Mikael Granlund and Devin Setoguchi were rotating in. The final line saw a rotation between Torrey Mitchell, Zenon Konopka, Rupp and Matt Kassian.

After practice, Yeo said not to take too much stock in the line combos, as the lines could easily be flipped tomorrow and he still hasn’t made a decision on who would be in the lineup against Vancouver.

The D-pairings remained the same and Jared Spurgeon did not skate.

After practice, WildTV caught Rupp talking to the media about what he brings to the table and his thoughts on joining the Wild.

Yeo also addressed the media, which is posted on WildTV.

Parise also talked to WildTV after today’s skate.

The PONDcast spoke with Coyle about his NHL debut and skating at today’s practice.

4 responses to “Rupp Joins Wild; More Line Shuffling

  1. figure out your lines man !!!!!

  2. Would be nice to see a little emotion out of this team other than the stupid smiles of a sub 500 team. At least when Josh Harding was pulled he looked to give a shit about it, these guys lose and we hear the same lame excuses as to chemistry and other bs. Show some emotion and intensity like you guys want to be here.

  3. Many hockey fans here in Finland have been wondering why they haven’t put Granlund on the wing earlier. To a young guy who needs more speed, role at the 2nd line center is huge. Now some of them have already started to yell that he’s not gonna make it in NHL and compare him to Tarasenko etc. Well, as a wing with those passes and playmakers skills and right guys with high skill levels in the same line, he could easily have at least 10 points now. Yes, center is natural place to him, but he has also done excellent work as a wing, many times, and got more enthusiasm and energy after ‘dry’ period by that. Obviously he has made some mistakes, I’m not denying that. But man.. Those enormous expectations! Finns have made them almost two years now (at least) and clearly things have not improve over seas…

  4. it’s time to give zucker another shot if we lose this one… he has great speed. put zucker up there with clutterbuck and brodziak. spreading heatley to the second line is a good idea, spread your scoring out a little, plus bouchard and heatley play great together. something will click sooner or later. this development will take time though with so many new players coming in. it could be a year or two before we really get it going.

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