PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed defenseman Eric Cairns on injured reserve with post-concussion symptoms and recalled center Erik Christensen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced Wednesday by general manager Ray Shero.
Cairns, 32, has played one game with the Penguins this season, recording five penalty minutes. He has played 457 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Florida and the Penguins.
Christensen, 22, leads the AHL Penguins with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points through 16 games this season. He is tied for fifth in the league in goals, ranks sixth in points and is tied for first in game-winning goals (3).
The 6-foot-1, 196-pound native of Edmonton made his NHL debut with the Penguins last season, registering 13 points (6+7) in 33 games in three stints with Pittsburgh. He was drafted by the Penguins in the third round (69th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.