The Rangers will be without inconsistent forward Erik Christensen for at least a month. The 27-year-old injured his right knee during the team’s 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils yesterday.
The second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament will keep him out of the lineup for four to six weeks. The Rangers won’t miss him too much though. They’ll lose a fancy shootout goal or two at best. The center has had a bumpy ride in New York since being claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks last December.
He’s centered Marian Gaborik on the top line and decamped to the fourth line with Alex Frolov. Christensen has six goals and eight assists in 37 games this season. A few timely wrist shots every now and then and shootout winning goals just aren’t cutting it with rookies like Mats Zuccarello and Dale Weise waiting in the wings.
Weise, a physical forward who made his debut by almost scoring a goal and dropping the gloves against the Flyers earlier this month, has already been called up to fill the void. The 22-year-old has seven goals and five assists along with 29 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Whale this season. He could provide some much needed pop for the fourth line and reawaken Sean Avery, who looked more alive with five hits against the Devils.
So Long to Todd White. We hardly knew ye. The 35-year-old veteran was assigned to the Connecticut Whale yesterday. He had one goal and one assist in 18 games this season. White was a healthy scratch for 19 of the Rangers’ 37 games. The move, which should have been made sooner, saves the Rangers $2.375 million in salary cap space. White was acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers as part of the deal to unload enforcer Donald Brashear’s bloated contract.
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)