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Wild acquires Philadelphia Flyers forward Darroll Powe; Wild qualifies 7, lets O'Sullivan go

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news, Wild trade news Updated: June 27, 2011 - 5:10 PM

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The Wild's acquired Philadelphia Flyers forward Darroll Powe, the former Princeton Tiger, from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2013 third-round pick.

Powe, 26, will become a restricted free agent Friday -- if not re-signed before then. Powe can fly, hit hard, is a terrific penalty killer and can play wing or center -- i.e. the character fwd they were trying to get via trade as mentioned in yesterday's Insider.

He led the Flyers with 196 hits and had the second-most shorthanded minutes among forwards (257).

He's a lot like Cal Clutterbuck, only faster but minus Clutterbuck's big wrist shot coming down the wing.

"It was a little bit surprising," Powe said of the trade. "You become attached to a city after four years. I’m grateful for Philadelphia, but at the same time, I’m excited about the new opportunity in Minnesota and hopefully things go well there."

This makes for some great competition for spots on the third and fourth lines in camp. As it stands now, you've got Powe, Matt Cullen, Cal Clutterbuck, Eric Nystrom, Brad Staubitz and then guys like James Sheppard and Colton Gillies and Cody Almond. I still believe for Casey Wellman to contribute, he's got to be put in a position to score. But Wellman would be in this mix, too. I'm not mentioning Kyle Brodziak because to me, he's the second-line center as of now because of his chemistry with Marty Havlat, and frankly, with Gui Latendresse and Havlat two years ago.

Also, the Wild has qualified Powe, Gillies, Wellman, Sheppard, Justin Falk, Jarod Palmer and Jeff Penner. They'll become restricted free agents Friday if not re-signed before then. The Wild has not qualified Patrick O'Sullivan. I'll explain why in the paper tomorrow, but there's a very sensible reason. The team may consider re-signing him via free agency on a two-way if he doesn't sign with another NHL or European team.

Also, the Wild should have a Houston coach in place by early next week. I'm hearing the candidates are Gary Agnew, Trent Yawney and Ryan McGill. Kirk Muller took the Milwaukee job today.

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