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Wild get Christensen from Rangers for Wellman

Feb 3, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild just became a shootout powerhouse, acquiring forward Erik Christensen in a trade with the New York Rangers.

The Wild also received a conditional seventh-round draft pick, sending forward Casey Wellman to New York in return.

Christensen, 28, has appeared in just 20 games for the Rangers. He recently spent two weeks in the AHL on a conditioning stint. The 2002 Penguins draft pick (69th overall) is perhaps best known for his shootout prowess, scoring 24 times on 46 career attempts (52.2%). Only eight players have more shootout goals than Christensen.

Wellman, 24, will reportedly be assigned to the Rangers’ AHL team in Connecticut.

  1. stakex - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    You know, Christensen has a lot of talent, but he has never really clicked with the Rangers. Perhaps it has something to do with him just not getting the playing time he needs. With the right team I would expect Christensen to be a solid 2nd/3rd line player.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      he was the same way in pittsburgh, no reason to believe he will be any different in minnesota either. mike yeo should know him, maybe he can get more out of him than he did with pittsburgh’s organization but doubt it

    • hulkhogan69 - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      That’s not true Christensen got plenty of chances top play on the top two lines the previous two years even being Gabbys center and he couldn’t cut the mustard. He a very soft player that rarely showed up. He.s fairly useless other than in shootouts.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Wild trades away a RFA that they’d have to pay to acquire a player that is a UFA after the season and gives them scoring help they need. Sounds like a rental to get off the books to help pay Parise in summer.

    • ThatGuy - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      I tend to doubt Wellmans million dollar NHL salary(if he even made the team next year) would have hindered their pursuit of Parise… Clearing up Zids 4 million sure could help though.

  3. jpelle82 - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    zidlicki has to go

  4. treydogg97 - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    It seems like a good enough trade to me. You can see Wellman’s raw ability and skills, but his head’s not quite there yet. If he can put it together, he could be a good player in this league. He’s just not what the Wild need right now, and was expendable because of the prospects they have coming up. Hope Christensen pans out.

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