The Minnesota Wild acquired center Erik Christensen from the New York Rangers Friday in exchange for forward Casey Wellman.

Christensen will join the Wild in Dallas today.

The 28-year-old has five points (one goal and four assists) in 20 games this season. The Rangers reassigned him to Connecticut of the American Hockey League on a conditioning stint in early January. He has not played an NHL game since injuring his _ on Dec. 17.

He has 62 goals, 94 assists, a minus-11 rating and 156 penalty minutes in 358 career games.

The 6-foot-1-inch tall, 200-pound Edmonton native is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2002 draft. The Penguins traded him to the Atlanta Thrashers at the trade deadline in 2008. The Thrashers traded him to the Anaheim Ducks a year later. The Rangers claimed him off waivers from the Ducks nine months later.

The scouting report on Christensen is that he has a big shot with good offensive instincts. He has the versatility to play all three forward positions and is good on draws. He excels in the shootout. He has good size, but loses battles for the puck in the corner. He doesn’t do the little things necessary to win games and takes shifts off.

The Wild signed Wellman as a collegiate free agent in March of 2010. He had two goals and five assists in 14 games for the Wild. He has four goals, nine assists, a minus-seven rating, four penalty minutes and two game-winning goals in 41 career games.

The Wild also get a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2013 as part of the deal. The condition is whether or not the Wild re-signs Christensen. If they do, then no pick. If they don’t, then they get the pick.