New York Rangers Don't Extend Offer to RFA Erik Christensen

Matthew CalamiaCorrespondent IJune 28, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Jonas Gustavsson #50 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a second-period save on Erik Christensen #26 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on April 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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According to Steve Zipay and Newsday , the Rangers did not extend an offer sheet to center Erik Christensen.

Christensen, who was claimed off of waivers from Anaheim last season, had eight goals and 26 points in 49 games with the Rangers. Aside from Vinny Prospal, who has also yet to been given an offer to stay with the team, Christensen developed chemistry with sniper Marian Gaborik on the top line, something the Rangers need from a center for next season.

The negative side to Christensen's game is inconsistency. He would score a few goals, then not score for weeks, something that a top-six forward cannot go through. 

On the other side of the coin, his speed and skill opened up the ice for his line-mates, creating more opportunities in the offensive zone.

Christensen said upon arriving in New York that this would most likely be his last shot at remaining in the NHL. I don't think that is still the case, whether the Rangers do bring him back or not. He showed that he still has the ability to stay in the NHL, but in a second or third line role. 

I personally think this is a bad move by Sather and company, but what else is new. For a team- and organization as a whole- is starved for centers, and Christensen should come fairly cheap. Is he a first-line player? No. Is he someone who can feed the puck to Gaborik and create offensive for a team that didn't see much last year? Absolutely. 

Bring him back, Glen, at least until