CHRISTENSEN “GETTING PHYSICAL” WITH WHALE

New York RangersThe Rangers are sending veteran Erik Christensen to the Whale on a two week conditioning stint. As of this particular moment the Whale are still at their veteran limit because Andre Deveaux is suspended for the next three games. In their meeting with Rangers head coach John Tortorella, the New York media reports that, Wojtek Wolski has been asked to come to the Whale as well. “We’ve had that conversation,” Tortorella said. “He’s still in discussion with his people.”  about giving his go-ahead.

Here’s the official release:

Erik Christensen Assigned to Connecticut on a Conditioning Stint

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 League (AHL) on a conditioning stint.

Christensen, 28, has registered one goal and four assists for five points in 20 games this season.  He recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game span from October 31 vs. San Jose to November 5 vs. Montreal.  Christensen is tied for third in the NHL all-time in shootout game-deciding goals (11), ranks ninth in shootout goals (24) and ranks fifth in shootout shooting percentage (52.2%) among active skaters with at least 10 shootout attempts.  He has not dressed in 20 games this season, including each of the last 10 contests.  His last appearance was on December 17 at Phoenix.

The Edmonton, Alberta native was acquired by the Rangers on December 2, 2009, claiming him off waivers from Anaheim.  He was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as a third round choice, 69th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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