Erik Christensen Re-signs with New York Rangers

New York Hockey DailyContributor IJuly 1, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 11:  Erik Christensen #26 of the New York Rangers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 11, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Rangers 2-1 after a shootout. The victory clinched a playoff berth for Philadelphia.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Rangers have announced that they have resigned center Erik Christensen to a one-year deal for a still undisclosed amount of money.

As long as the money is low, this deal makes sense. Christensen isn’t going to knock you out with his production, but in a weak free agent class he’s probably a better bet than other more costly veterans.

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Christensen, who was named co-receipient of the John Halligan Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media, recorded a career-high, eight multi-point efforts, including a three-point performance on February 14 vs. Tampa Bay (two goals and one assist) to tie his career-high for most goals and points in a game.  He tallied his first point as a Ranger (goal) and the 100th point of his career (assist) on December 31 at Carolina.  Christensen made his Rangers debut on December 5 at Buffalo after being claimed off waivers from Anaheim on December 2.

The Rangers posted a record of 5-1-0 when he tallied a goal, and were 12-3-2 when he recorded a point.  Christensen also appeared in nine games with Anaheim prior to joining the Rangers. He established a career-high with a plus-11 rating overall on the season.

Christensen skated in 64 games with Anaheim and Atlanta during the 2008-09 season, registering seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points, along with 20 penalty minutes.  His 21 assists marked a new career-high.  He recorded five multi-point efforts on the season, including four two-assist performances.

Christensen ranked second on Atlanta in faceoff percentage, posting a 54.6% (233-427) success rate, at the time of his trade to Anaheim on March 4.  He also tallied two assists in eight playoff contests, collecting his first career post-season point in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup at San Jose on April 19.

A veteran of five NHL seasons, Christensen skated in his 200th NHL game on March 3, 2009 vs. Florida.  He currently ranks 11th in the NHL all-time in shootout percentage (51.4%), and is tied for ninth in shootout game-deciding goals (eight) and 10th in shootout goals (18). Christensen established career-highs in goals (18) and points (33) while skating with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2006-07 season.

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