EC Accepts Assignment

Rangers forward Erik Christensen, who has been a healthy scratch in 20 games this season---including the last ten in a row, confirmed after Wednesday's practice that he has accepted a two-week conditioning assignment with the team's minor league affilate, the Connecticut Whale.

"I spoke to my agent and we decided this was the best thing for me," said Christensen, who has scored one goal and five points in 20 games this season. "I really love hockey. I mean that's why I play the game. And this will give me the chance to go and play. Plus it will keep me prepared in case something happens and I need to go back in the lineup."

Head coach John Tortorella said that Christensen came to a quick decision in accepting the conditioning assignment, and was pleased with the 28 year-old's decision.

"It's for the right reason," epxlained Tortorella. "He's been out a lot and he needs to play."

A year ago Christensen appeared in 69 games with the Rangers and tied his career high with 11 goals and recorded 27 points.

Tortorella also said that the team asked winger Wojtek Wolski to accept the same two-week conditioning stint in the minors, but that Wolski "is still in discussion with his people" about that. However, there is the chance that Wolski could be in the lineup Thursday against Ottawa as Brandon Dubinsky had to sit out practice on Wednesday.

"Dubi is sore today and will be a game-time decision tomorrow," said the head coach. "If Dubi can't play, (Wolski) will."

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