Christensen, 26, skated in 49 games with the Rangers this season, scoring 8 goals and 18 assists, along with 24 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. He ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating, and tied for third on the team with 26 points (eight goals and 18 assists) in the final 43 games of the season. 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.
I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday