ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have traded forward Casey Wellman to the New York Rangers for center Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh-round draft choice.

The 24-year-old Wellman has two goals and five assists in 14 games with the Wild this season. He has spent most of his time this year with the AHL affiliate in Houston, where he had 13 goals and 11 assists in 25 games.

Christensen should help the Wild’s depth at center. The 28-year-old has one goal and four assists in 20 games with the Rangers. His best season came with Pittsburgh in 2006-07, when he scored 18 goals.

The conditional draft choice the Wild will receive is in 2013.

The Wild also reassigned forward Chad Rau to Houston.

Minnesota announced the deal on Friday.

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Comments (2)
  1. rayjay says:

    As long as the Wild are making money and selling out games, they seem to not care to be an Elite Team. Money is the name of the game. I’t just depends on how much they want to keep.

  2. Mayhem says:

    wow, another blockbuster trade to enhance the once again weak playoff hopes. although Im befuddled as to why trade a 24 yr old thats been relatively productive for a 28 yr old whose best yr was 6 yrs ago with only 18 goals at that?

    Cant really blame Fletch though.

    Thanks Riseborough for locking up a bunch of underachievng dolts to long term, over paid contracts who are now not only worthless in the trade market, we cant just dump them because of the salary cap hit.

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