Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/3/12

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 17: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck past Erik Christensen #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the NHL game at Mellon Arena on November 17, 2007 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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