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Not the Right Fit

This is exactly what could be said of former New York Rangers’ forward Erik Christensen.

There is no doubt that Christensen had a lot of offensive potential. He is a great passer, solid in the shootout and has good vision.

With that said, Christensen never used the above-mentioned talents on a consistent basis. When he was not hurt, Christensen often found himself in head coach John Tortorella’s dog house and rightly so, since his play never fit into the team’s identity.

May be Christensen will be given a fair chance with the Minnesota Wild or may be he will continue to not do the things that made him an NHLer in the first place. The choice is really his.

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He played just about three seasons in Pittsburgh and New York and didn’t stick for the reasons you mentioned. Now he’s going to a team coached by former Penguins assistant Mike Yeo who brought systems from the Penguins to the Wild.

He’s 28 years old, maybe something will click for him, he has so much promising talent, NHL teams are still waiting 7or8 years into his careeer for him to do it.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/03/12 at 01:51 PM ET

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The problem with Christensen is that he relies solely on his finesse.  He’s too soft on the puck and doesn’t fight through checks.  In today’s NHL, you need a little bite in your game to go along with the skill.

Posted by JBytes on 02/03/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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He also kept saying he would be more weight on his lanky frame. To my knowledge, this is something he never did. If not for the shootout thing, I think he’d be in a swiss league or something.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/03/12 at 02:34 PM ET

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