In an attempt to get Erik Christensen back playing hockey, the Rangers have assigned him to the CT Whale for a conditioning assignment, per Katie Strang. Christensen has been a healthy scratch for 20 games this season, including the past 10 games. Ironically, the last time he dressed was against the Phoenix Coyotes on December 17, the team the Rangers just beat last night.
Christensen is not being straight up demoted to the AHL, like Sean Avery was earlier this month. Christensen accepted a conditioning assignment, which means he will be back with the team once it is over. Christensen was not placed on waivers, and this is not a permanent move, yet.
The press release is after the jump.
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
Erik Christensen Assigned to Connecticut on a Conditioning Stint
New York, January 11, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Erik Christensen has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey...