New York Rangers Send Center Erik Christensen To Minnesota Wild For Minor League Player

Anze Kopitar #11 (R) of the Los Angeles Kings skates against Mats Zuccarrello #11 (L) and Eric Christensen #26 of the New York Rangers on February 17 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Rangers traded Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh-round pick to the Wild in exchange for a minor leaguer.

According to the New York Daily News, in a very non-blockbuster trade, the New York Rangers shipped little-used center Erik Christensen along with a conditional seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for minor league forward Casey Wellman.

Christensen hasn't played for the Rangers since mid-December and was very inconsistent when he did play. Since the Rangers signed Brad Richards last summer, Christensen has only appeared in 20 games.

"He gets another opportunity," coach John Tortorella said of Christensen after practice Friday in Greenburgh. "For us to get to the roster, we wanted to get some other people in. He had some opportunities here, great guy...I wish the best to him, but we need to move by that right now and look at other things."

Tortorella also said he would like to find a team that would trade for forward Wojtek Wolski, who has played in just nine games this season but has a $3.8 million salary.

"You can skate them ‘til the cows come home here, but they have to play," Tortorella said.

-- For more on the New York Rangers, head to Blueshirt Banter.

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