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Christensen Headed To CT For Conditioning

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 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.

2 Responses to “Christensen Headed To CT For Conditioning”

  1. Jess says:

    How could the Rangers do this to Christensen? I mean without him in the line up the NYR can’t win. No wait they can oops

    Ok they can not win a shootout without him. No wait they can sorry

    I know, nobody high fives the team entering the locker room better than Christensen. Who is going to fill that role now? The NYR season is in danger of failure now.

  2. Walt says:

    It’s too bad that when the second season opens, the shoot out goes out the door.

    Didn’t realize that his numbers were so impressive, but then again he has no one trying to stop him from shooting. The man has skill, but is just lacking balls when it comes to game time!!!!!