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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
AHL stints for Wolski, Christensen "discussed"

By Katie Strang

Rangers coach John Tortorella confirmed that the team is considering asking both Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen to accept conditioning stints with the team's minor-league affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut.

Both players have missed significant time -- Wolski sat out more than two months after undergoing sports hernia surgery in November, Christensen has been scratched the last nine games -- and could benefit from playing in the American Hockey League.

Tortorella said the team has not yet asked Wolski about the possibility, but that it is being "discussed."

"We're in the process of trying to figure all that out," Tortorella said. "I think it would be good for the players to just go down there and play and get some games in."

Wolski not played since October 24; even since being activated off injured reserve January 5, the 25-year-old has not been able to crack the roster.

"I'm not forcing it," Tortorella said. "We monitor our players. I guess the answer [is], I'm not saying we have to get him in, because I like some things going on with our team right now. That's the situation. He hasn't played a whole bunch. We'll see how other guys go along here and if we feel we have to get someone in, he'll probably be the next guy to get an opportunity."

Christensen may also be asked to join Wolski in Hartford; the skilled-yet-inconsistent center has played in only four games since November 23.