Erik Christensen Might Be Taking His Talents To Europe (CONFIRMED)

This hasn't been confirmed by anyone in the Twin Cities or the Minnesota Wild but if this Czech article is true, free agent to be Erik Christensen is beginning to look at European maps and brush up on his Russian.

Christensen, who scored 7 points (6 goals - 1 assist) in 29 games for the Wild after being traded for Casey Wellman, made $925,000 last year in the final year of a 2 year deal. He appears to be heading to the KHL after signing a contract with HC Lev. The team is situated in Prague and will be playing its first season in 2012-2013.

If true, Minnesota loses a shootout specialist who Sports Illustrated writer Michael Farber wrote an article on the 28 year-old's specialty. Unfortunately though for most of the season that was the extent of Christensen's skills and he saw himself in the press box during the lowest of the Wild's lows. He found his way back with the highlight being a 3-2 overtime win against Florida March 29th where Erik had the tying goal in the final minute before Mikko Koivu scored the game winner. However, in the end Christensen looked to be a top-six player without top-six skills (not including the shootout) even for a depleted Minnesota forward corps.

We wish the best for Erik in his next adventure and will update if any confirmation comes in.

UPDATE (1:40 PM): Other sources such as Yahoo! Russian writer Dmitry Chesnokov and Pro Hockey Talk are also reporting this. Also as Jared points out in the comments, Minnesota gets New York's 7th round pick in 2013 as a condition (that he doesn't re-sign) of the trade that brought Christensen here.

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  1. Dmitry Chesnokov isn't a source. He translates the Russian rags.