The hockey world was shocked when a blockbuster trade between two struggling teams was announced last week.

Perhaps "shocked" and "blockbuster" are a bit overblown, but people were definitely talking about the trade between the Rangers and Wild that saw Mike Rupp head to Minnesota in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.

None of the players involved are superstars or will turn the fortunes of their teams around, but the trade provided forward depth for both teams, most notably the Wild who are woefully thin beyond their top line.

It was the type of move that might or might not help a team in the long run, yet there were some Wing fans who questioned why Ken Holland had not made some similar type of deal.

I've been critical of Holland in the past. I still believe that the defensive depth within the organization was too thin to require the services of a player like Ryan Suter, but I'm not ashamed to admit that the defense has been adequate so far. The emergence of Brian Lashoff as a young player who can hold his own at the NHL level and the emergency signing of Kent Huskins have strengthened a defensive corps that has played exactly one game with everyone healthy.