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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are expected to be an active team before the Feb. 27 trade deadline, and they made their first move Friday.Minnesota acquired forward Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Casey Wellman. Christensen, 28, has a goal and four assists in 20 games for New York this season. The Wild also announced Chad Rau was reassigned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League to make room for Christensen on the roster.With Thursday nights 1-0 win in Colorado, Minnesota (25-19-7) has won three of its past four games and is in eighth place in the Western Conference with 57 points.
After shuttling players back and forth from their minor-league affiliate in Houston the past few weeks due to injuries, the Wild are looking for some stability and consistent scoring on their forward lines.Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo know what they are getting with Christensen. His best season in the NHL came in 2006-07 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins when Fletcher was an assistant general manager and Yeo was an assistant coach for Pittsburgh.Christensen, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, scored 18 goals and had 15 assists in 61 games that season, but is well-traveled. He has played with six NHL teams and has been traded midseason in fourth of the past five years.Christensen, who will join the Wild in Dallas on Friday, scored 11 goals and had 16 assists last season, his second in New York, but has struggled this season. He recently finished a five-game conditioning assignment with the Rangers minor-league team in Connecticut.Wellman, 24, never was able to keep his spot on the Wild, shuttling between Minnesota and Houston the past three seasons after signing as a college free agent on March 16, 2010, out of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Wellman had seemed to be a building block for the future after making his way into the Wilds lineup shortly after signing.He played 41 games for Minnesota, scoring four goals and passing out five assists but was a minus-7. This season he had seven points (two goals, five assists) in 14 games.
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The New York Rangers have traded center Erik Christensen and a conditional 2013 7th round draft pick to the Minnesota Wild for center Casey Wellman. Christensen had one goal and four assists in 20 games for the Rangers this season, but he has not seen an NHL game since Dec. 17. During a two week conditioning assignment last month Christensen had two goals and one assist for the...
The New York Rangers have traded forward Erik Christensen to the Minnesota Wild for forward Casey Wellman and a 2013 seventh round draft pick. Wellman will be immediately assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, but the more important issue here is getting rid of Christensen's one-way contract.
Christensen, in my opinion, has not had a roster spot on this team for two...
It looks like the Rangers have at least temporarily solved their surplus forward problem, as they have dealt Erik Christensen and a 7th round pick in 2012 to the Wild for Casey Wellman.
Christensen had been a spare part for the Rangers for a long time, and hadn’t played in a NHL game since December 17. The enigmatic and inconsistent center had once shown some chemsitry with Marian...
When the Rangers traded Erik Christensen yesterday, they dumped a spare forward for some much needed AHL help in Casey Wellman. The Rangers had 14 forwards on the roster, including Wojtek Wolski, who had just been shipped to Connecticut on a two week conditioning stint due to lack of playing time. When Wolski returns, he returns as the 13th forward, not the 14th forward.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers have traded Erik Christensen and a conditional 7th round pick in 2013 to the Minnesota Wild for Casey Wellman who will be assigned to the CT Whale.Wellman had 2g, 5a in 14 games for Wild....no surprise here. This is a win for all involved. Well maybe not for the Wild. lolRemember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or...
This is exactly what could be said of former New York Rangers’ forward Erik Christensen.
There is no doubt that Christensen had a lot of offensive potential. He is a great passer, solid in the shootout and has good vision.
With that said, Christensen never used the above-mentioned talents on a consistent basis. When he was not hurt, Christensen often found himself in head coach...
The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Casey Wellman to the New York Rangers for center Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh-round draft choice.
The 24-year-old Wellman has two goals and five assists in 14 games with the Wild this season. He has spent most of his time this year with the AHL affiliate in Houston, where he had 13 goals and 11 assists in 25 games.
The Rangers made their first move of the trading season yesterday, shipping centerman Erik Christensen to Minnesota, along with a conditional 2013 seventh-round pick for Casey Wellman.
Considering the only news Christensen has made all season, was his beating out of Sean Avery for the 13th forward spot out of camp, the deal may seem insignificant for the Blueshirts.
Casey Wellman dealt for Erik Christensen
The New York Rangers acquired right wing/center Casey Wellman from the Minnesota Wild on Friday for center/left wing Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh-round pick.
Wellman collected two goals and five assists in 14 games this season for Minnesota. The 24-year-old Californian, who has 14 goals and 12 assists this seasonh with Houston of the American Hockey League, will head...
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Erik Christensen clearly had used up all of his chances to make an impact with the Rangers, so they continued to ease their emerging roster glut by moving the little-used center on Friday.
The New York Rangers made a minor deal Friday morning, sending center Erik Christensen to the Minnesota Wild for 24-year-old center Casey Wellman. The Wild will also receive a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2013 in the trade.
The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Casey Wellman to the New York Rangers for center Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh-round draft choice. The 24-year-old Wellman has two goals and five assists in 14 games with the Wild this season. He has spent most of his time this year with the AHL affiliate in Houston, where he had 13 goals and 11 assists in 25 games.