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Rupp Assigned to Iowa For Conditioning; Ballard on Injured Reserved

Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 11:06 AM / News
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Rupp Assigned to Iowa For Conditioning; Ballard on Injured Reserved
The Wild has assigned Mike Rupp to Iowa for Conditioning and placed Keith Ballard on Injured Reserve

The Minnesota Wild has assigned forward Mike Rupp to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning loan. The team also announced today it has placed defenseman Keith Ballard on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury suffered Nov. 5 against Calgary.

Rupp was designated Injured, Non-Roster on Sept. 30 with a lower-body injury and has not appeared in a game this season. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound native of Cleveland, Ohio, collected four points (1-3=4), a plus-1 rating and 67 penalty minutes (PIM) in 32 games with the Wild last season. He also skated in four playoff games with Minnesota. Rupp owns 98 points (54-44=98) and 832 PIM in 597 career NHL games with New Jersey, Phoenix, Columbus, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and Minnesota. The 33-year-old was acquired by Minnesota from the Rangers on Feb. 4, 2013 in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.

Iowa begins a six-game homestand by hosting Chicago on Wednesday, San Antonio on Saturday and Milwaukee on Sunday this week.

Ballard, 30 (11/26/82), has recorded four assists and ranks tied for third on the team with a plus-6 rating in nine games with Minnesota this season.


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