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Rangers acquire Casey Wellman from Wild for Erik Christensen and 7th round pick

It looks like the Rangers have at least temporarily solved their surplus forward problem, as they have dealt Erik Christensen and a 7th round pick in 2012 to the Wild for Casey Wellman.

Christensen had been a spare part for the Rangers for a long time, and hadn’t played in a NHL game since December 17. The enigmatic and inconsistent center had once shown some chemsitry with Marian Gaborik, but that was short lived. His inconsistent effort quickly made him an afterthought in the Rangers organization.

Wellman is a 24 year old center who has played 41 games at the NHL level over the past three seasons, totaling four goals and nine assists for 13 points. Wellman was an undrafted free agent signed by the Wild after his senior season at UMass-Amherst, where he was a point-per-game player. Per Hockey Wilderness, it doesn’t appear that Wellman got a legitimate shot at the top six in Minnesota, and spent most of his time playing with Brad Staubitz on the third and fourth line.

Christensen was in his last year of a two year contract that paid him $925,000 per season. Wellman is in the final year of a two-way contract that pays him $850,500 at the NHL level. Wellman will be a RFA at the end of his contract.

9 Responses to “Rangers acquire Casey Wellman from Wild for Erik Christensen and 7th round pick”

  1. The Suit says:

    Another good move by Glen. Now if he can just find a taker on Wolski…

    • Spozo says:

      Is this move anyway related to the demotion of WW? I know they called it a conditioning stint but is it coincidence the day after he is demoted they move another forward for an AHL center?

  2. pavel says:

    Oh no! He brought so much jam to the team! Now who’s going to pick up the slack?

  3. Walt says:

    EC is gone, the best of luck to you. The Wild need scoring, and EC will not provide them anything, especially backbone. If they get into a shoot-out situation, he may help then, other wise forget about it!!!!!

  4. Section 121 says:

    This is good news not even knowing anything about Wellman.

  5. Chris F says:

    Christensen has talent, and he can bring alot to fast-paced, offensive minded teams. But his mentality simply doesn’t fit in the back-check/forecheck Rangers system. He would probably do well somewhere like Washington. Best of luck to him.

  6. Tom says:

    In all honesty how does this trade help the Rangers? I thought I was for cap space at first but they have similar contracts, both in final years of each.
    I hate giving up draft picks at all, unless it’s a meaningful trade, and this seems like a lateral move to me at best.

  7. jerry says:

    ill i have to say is thank god.see ya.