by Patrick Hoffman on 12/04/09 at 04:45 PM ET
From friend of the blog Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:
On March 4, 2009, Christensen was dealt to Anaheim, where he played in 17 games to close out last season and another nine with the Ducks this year. After receiving very little ice time in Anaheim this season, Christensen is pleased for a new opportunity in New York with the Rangers.
“When I compete and work hard and if I’m consistent at it, with my skill level and my skating ability and the way I can think the game, I should be all right here,” Christensen said.
With the Rangers looking to find more consistency in their collective game, Christensen will be given a big opportunity to help be a part of the solution on Broadway. Especially with Dubinsky still sidelined with a broken right hand, Christensen will be able to earn minutes as one of the team’s regular centers.
He’ll get his first chance to make a positive impression this weekend when the Rangers play back-to-back games, first in Buffalo against the Sabres on Saturday night and then at home on Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden.
“I watched him in practice (Thursday) and you can see that he can skate and you can see that he has some skill,” said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. “But you have to play in games. That’s where you judge your people. He’ll be in the lineup (Saturday) and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
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