Wild makes move in push to help its lagging offense

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2012 - 9:01 AM

Minnesota gave up Casey Wellman for Rangers veteran forward Erik Christensen.

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misternoallFeb. 3, 1210:15 PM

I said that Wellman was a career AHL player after I seen him play about 5 times, the move seems to make sense to me with the obvious situation, no pmb and gui. Mister Christenson will probably thrive for a little bit in his new surroundings and be gone shortly after, nice loaner player for the Wild...... The issue I have is the Wild have shown they can play a great team game this year, number 1 in the league for cripes sake, Fletcher or I should say Leo thinks because he has some flashy young talent coming up that your just going to win games because of that, I say Nashville kicks your butt 8 times out of 10 with your flashy inexperienced talent..... Those of us who have watched the NHL long enough are wise to the fact that when you have a team that is capable of playing like the Wild have shown they can play this year you don't take it for granted, so when you say were NOT trading any of our prospects to improve this team, think again Leo because the grass won't be as green as you may think in the upcoming years. This may be your year and I 100% believe that Backstrom is capable of being an MVP in the playoffs

wildforlifeFeb. 4, 1212:50 AM

I don't really like to see Wellman go but he just doesn't have a place in this organization anymore. If he was going to earn a roster spot he HAD to do it THIS SEASON and he didn't. He's not a bottom 6 type of guy for the way he plays so it's top 6 or bust for him. With all the higher up prospects that will start arriving next season to Houston Wellman would never get a shot then. Christensen may not be the greatest of players but he is a more physical forward who should have no problem holding his own out there. He has good hands and a good shot as his shootout record indicates. The conditional 7th rd pick is just a bonus if we don't re-sign him.

mrblueskyFeb. 4, 12 5:33 AM

We couldnt of thrown Zidlicky in on the deal? Hopefully Christenson will turn out like a player we trade, and will play well here?

deepbreathFeb. 4, 12 7:43 AM

No real feeling either way about the deal. But, if we're going to express the fact Christiansen has a lot of skill and is a finesse player, why do you put him out there with Powe and McMillan?

floridascottFeb. 4, 12 8:44 AM

It is refreshing to finally hear a Minnesota GM (of any professional team) say that we can not count on injured player X to come back and help us this year. Usually we get the standard line...."Getting (insert injured players name here) back and healthy is like making a trade."

beetlejuiceFeb. 4, 12 9:11 AM

What about the defense?

pfunkz8Feb. 4, 1210:30 AM

This year. Wellman - 14 games, 7 points. Christensen - 20 games, five points. So much for more offense. Good deal Chuck, good deal.

jabuyerFeb. 4, 1211:20 AM

This is a panic move by a team with far too lofty goals for what they have. "[H]e couldn't adjust to the gritty, hard-nosed style that New York coach John Tortorella demanded." Isn't this the same style Yeo demands (or at least should)? Here is a guy who can't play a finesse game with great players, how is he going to play a finesse game with the journeyman players on the third line of the Wild? What evidence is there that we haven't just thrown promiosing asset down the rathole (again). None. This is a team that if they are very lucky will squeak into the playoffs and will be even luckier to not get destroyed in the first round. Anyone who thinks otherwise is sniffing glue. Build for the future was our motto, now we have a rent a player for what was supposed to be a promising player (and if he wasn't what was all that talk when we pursued him about?). The future is not now. But CL and CF can't wait until next year, so now they are making it up as they go. Classic rookie mistake.

elmore1Feb. 4, 12 1:12 PM

Another ex Pittsbugh guy. Whoo Hoo. Since the Minnesota Penguins are doing so well with that system over the past 2 years it is a perfect fit.

sportsnut686Feb. 4, 12 1:13 PM

Looks like Fletcher is starting to put Latendresse and Bouchard in the rear-view mirror. Might as well look towards the future instead of dealing with the past. Let's face it, Latendresse has been a total bust. He hasn't hardly played in 2 years with the Wild,and P.M. Bouchard really needs to start thinking about life after hockey. He's missed the better part of two years with concussion symptoms. He was a good player once, but, realistically those days are gone. No point in trying to keep coming back and end up getting injured even more.


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