Note: Darroll Powe Is Feeling Better

Sam Rosen, on MSG, said that Darroll Powe is feeling better after suffering a concussion on Sunday night against the Capitals.

Powe is not on the trip with the Rangers in Ottawa.

Read: John Tortorella Misses Darroll Powe

Darroll PoweIn six games with the Rangers, Darroll Powe has established himself as a defensive player/penalty killer that John Tortorella trusts.

Powe was knocked out of last night’s game when he collided with Matt Hendricks and had to be helped off the ice by Derek Stepan and Arron Asham.

Earlier today, Tortorella said  that the loss of Powe was felt instantly, “I missed him right away on the bench, especially protecting a lead. He has been a really good penalty killer. I don’t know how long he will be out. He has helped. He doesn’t have the stats but it isn’t always about stats. He has done a good job in his role.

Powe was placed on IR earlier today.

He has said in the past that he doesn’t care about anything but winning.

Ryan Callahan said to the Rangers website that the players were told shortly after Powe left the ice that he was doing okay.

Derek Stepan said of Powe, “he has only been here six or seven games but he has been a big part and has fit in really well in the locker room.”

News: Darroll Powe Won’t Return

On NBCSN, Dave Strader announced that Darroll Powe will not return tonight.

Powe collided with Matt Hendricks in the second period.

He was helped off the ice by Derek Stepan and Arron Asham.

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Read: Darroll Powe Only Cares About One Thing

Darroll PoweOn Sunday night against Tampa Bay, Darroll Powe made two plays that led directly to Rangers goals.

On Ryan Callahan’s breakaway goal, Tampa Bay tried to run a break out play near the blue line where Matt Carle made a short pass to Marty St. Louis who then passed it back to Carle and started going up the wing to get a return pass.

When the first pass was being made, Powe went towards St. Louis and as St. Louis passed it back to Carl, Powe went to him quickly and forced an early and errant pass that was intercepted by Ryan Callahan who then went in and scored.

On Arron Asham’s goal in the third period, Powe made a strong play along the wall, hitting Tom Pyatt, and forced a turnover where the puck came to Ryan McDonagh who them flipped it over Keith Aulie’s head where Arron Asham picked it up and snapped it past Anders Lindback to score.

Powe didn’t receive credit on the score sheet for his plays but told the Daily News, that the end result of the play is far more important.

Powe said, “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.”

Read: John Tortorella Is Still Figuring Out Darroll Powe

Darroll PoweIn his first two games, Darroll Powe has played:

  • (Devils) 8:33 (2:57 on the PK) with two hits and 1 and 1 on faceoffs.
  • (Islanders) 10:15 (3:21 on the PK) with two shots, four hits, one blocked shot, 2 and 1 on faceoffs and one penalty.

When asked yesterday about Powe, John Tortorella said that he has hopes of using him in a variety of ways, “I’m still trying to figure him out. I think he will be very serviceable here where I can use him in different spots and on different lines. You can tell he has killed penalties, he blocks shots. He is willing to bang. He has played and he won a couple of faceoffs. What I want out of him is to be able to use him in a lot of different spots and I think we will be able to.”

Tortorella then spoke about how he was concerned that Mike Rupp couldn’t handle the tempo that he wanted to play, but he feels that Powe can.

Read: Darroll Powe Plays Rangers Style Hockey/Loves Blocking Shots

Darroll PoweAfter being acquired yesterday by the Rangers, Darroll Powe will make his Rangers debut tonight against the Devils.

Powe practiced with the team at the morning skate today and following that he spoke with the Rangers website and said that he plays a similar style to the one that the Rangers use, “It’s a hard working system, tight defensive, tight checking and that is kind of my game so hopefully I fit well.”

On joining the Rangers, Powe said “hockey is hockey. You just need to go out there and battle and compete. With the systems, you make sure that you pay attention and learn them as quickly as you can.”

Powe is also one of the top shot blocking forwards in the NHL, finishing second in the league last year with 91. (Ryan Callahan had 88 in six fewer games)

He says that he likes to block shots because as a role player that is part of his job and “Shot blocking tells me you want to win games. It builds good team chemistry.”

John Tortorella told the NY Post, that Powe will help add more depth and versatility, “with Powe, it’s a guy that can kill penalties. He has played in the league, does a lot of little things on the boards; certainly adds to our depth in a lot of different situations and I can move him around.

Read more on Powe, HERE.

 

Read: What The Rangers Are Getting In Darroll Powe

Darroll PoweEarlier this afternoon, the Rangers traded Mike Rupp to Minnesota for Darroll Powe and minor leaguer Nick Palmieri.

Read more about Powe, HERE.

In terms of Powe, Pierre LeBrun says that he gives the Rangers a versatile players, “excellent penalty killer” and someone who can do some of the things that Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko and John Mitchell did.

Katie Strang tweeted that Powe will be available tomorrow night against the Devils.

Dave Maloney said on twitter that while the Rangers lose a character player in Rupp, they gain a speedy “on-the-puck” player in Powe.

Michael Russo writes in the Star Tribune that Wild coach Mike Yeo said that Powe hasn’t been “sharp” so far this season. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Powe is a “high character” player.

John Shannon of Sportsnet tweeted that the Rangers get versatility in Powe and that this trade is a “classic trade of role players for need.”

The Hockey News says Powe is a “versatile depth forward with a defensive conscience.”


Adam Rotter: I really like this move for the Rangers. They were in need of someone in the mold of/that plays the same style as Brandon Prust. In Powe the Rangers get a fast, physical, responsible and dependable checking line player. They exchanged a player in Rupp, who wasn’t doing a lot on the ice, for a guy in Powe who at the very least can be a valuable penalty killer and create energy. I could see Powe, especially with games against the Devils and Islanders this week, instantly becoming a fan favorite.

 

NEWS: Mike Rupp Traded To Minnesota For Darroll Powe

The Rangers have acquired Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri from the Wild for Mike Rupp.

Powe, 27, is signed for one more season after this at $1.06 million.

  • He has played eight games for the Wild this season and is averaging 10:13 per game and 1:22 on the PK.
  • In 11-12 with Minnesota, Powe had six goals, seven assists, 151 hits, 91 blocked shots, averaged 13:59 per game and 2:27 on the PK.
  • In 10-11 with the Flyers, Powe had 7 goals and 10 assists, 196 hits, 12:17 per game and 3:10 on the PK.
  • In 09-10 with the Flyers, Powe had nine goals and six assists, 183 hits, 40 blocked shots and 12:05 per game with 1:09 on the OK.
  • In 08-09 with the Flyers, Powe had six goals, five assists, 124 hits, 31 blocked shots and 10:32 per game with 1:00 on the PK.

He is a graduate of Princeton and a former Flyer.

On Powe, my buddy Josh who is a Flyers fan tells me, “He is a good checking line player that can play wing or center. Quick skater, not offensively gifted but has the ability to put pucks in the net.”

On Powe last season, Hockey Wilderness wrote “He was touted as a guy who would play on the PK, hit hard, and make it a tough night for the top lines. By all accounts, he did that more often than he didn’t. The lack of success of the team is tough to pin on the guys who do the tough work. It’s not Powe’s job to score goals, so when the team loses 2-1, he still did his job, even if the team didn’t.”

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