Eric Christensen, 28, spent two weeks on a conditioning stint with the Connecticut Whale and has now been traded along with a conditional seventh round pick in the 2013 draft to the Minnesota Wild for 24-year old forward Casey Wellman who has 12g, 14a in 26 games with the Houston Aeros.
Wellman is 6′, 173 pounds and has 2g, 5a in 14 games for Minnesota this season and contributed 4g, 9a in 41 games over the three seasons he’s spent with the Wild.
Christensen, meanwhile had not played for the Rangers since Dec. 17 and has just 5pts (1g, 4a) in 20 games this year. The very soft spoken center-man has played in 132 games with the Rangers and put 58pts on his ledger (20g, 38a) as a Blueshirt.
John Tortorella was never really much of a fan of Christensen, an Edmonton native. Yes, Christensen is lights out in the shootout, but he has not been able to show any sort of consistency at any other part of his game. Perhaps in Minnesota he will find his game.
The Whale also released Aaron Voros from his Professional Try-Out contract this week. Arriving in Hartford for two week conditioning stints, for the time being anyhow, is Wojtek Wolski and Jeff Woywitka and gone is recent signee Randy McNaught who was sent to Greenville of the ECHL.
Think it’s safe to say that the Rangers organization is fully aware of the needs of the team both in New York and in Hartford?
If the Rangers do make a move for an impact top six forward at the trade deadline, given how things have played out this year, and given the fact that nobody is giving away impact players like that for a draft pick and a dinner at Nobu, the players that make the most obvious sense to move, apart from Wolski and Woywitka – who won’t get you anything – are Brandon Dubinsky and/or Artem Anisimov. They are the only two expendable pieces that would draw any interest at all.
It will be interesting to see what Glen Sather, Jim Schoenfeld and the executive team decide to do.
By the way, in terms of interesting, the biggest question mark in the entire organization is what do they do with Sean Avery? He isn’t in the New York plan and Avery is a MAJOR distraction and a problem in Hartford. How the Avery situation is handled still looms on the horizon.