By Michael Russo
After faxing every team in the league last month that left wing Pascal Dupuis was available, the Wild dealt Dupuis Friday to the New York Rangers for hard-nosed, gritty right wing Adam Hall.
Hall, 26, who stands 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, scored a career-high 16 goals in 2002-03 for Nashville and is known as a player that will do the dirty work on the third- and fourth lines.
Dupuis, 27, who earned an NHL contract the Wild’s first season after coming in on a tryout, had 141 points in 334 games. This was part of the “chemistry changes” GM Doug Risebrough alluded to in a story I wrote last Sunday.
There is no secret the Wild didn’t like Dupuis’ attitude. He wrote his own fate when he took Jacques Lemaire up on his offer in December to leave a practice if any players didn’t feel like practicing. He’s been playing the fourth line since.
This is a talented hockey player though, who will bring speed and penalty killing to the Rangers.
More to come.