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Christensen hopes to stick around with Rangers

Erik Christensen sat quietly at his locker after Sunday's practice at the Rangers' training complex. Several attempts by teammates to loosen up the guy they call "Crusher" produced only a weak smile from the five-year veteran, whom the Rangers claimed off waivers from Anaheim earlier this month.

New York is the fourth NHL stop for Christensen, and the 27-year-old acknowledged to reporters when he arrived that it could be his last. But for another few days at least, it seems Christensen will remain an NHLer.

It was expected that the Rangers would add a seventh defenseman, likely at the expense of Christensen or Aaron Voros, when the holiday roster freeze expired at midnight Sunday. But coach John Tortorella said a roster move was not expected before Wednesday's home game against Philadelphia.

Said Tortorella: "We're discussing a lot of different things with our lineup . . . I don't have a lot to report. I don't foresee anything happening before the next game. I can't guarantee it."

Christensen, who hasn't recorded a point in 16 games for the Ducks and Rangers this year, sat for the fourth time in seven games in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Voros sat for the 11th straight game.

While Christensen and Voros did practice, four Rangers - Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal and Chris Drury - did not. Tortorella said it was just maintenance and that the quartet is fine.

Notes and Quotes: Tortorella noted that he liked how the Rangers crashed the net against Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson on Saturday.

Said Tortorella: "We have a couple of players who, really, their main role is to get to the net and create havoc . . . We're not full with offensive people so we have to manufacture goals."

He also said he disagreed with the interference call that Sean Avery drew after colliding with Roloson in the first period, noting that Avery wasn't even looking at the Islanders goalie, who had taken a few strides out of the crease.

"That should be a non-call," Tortorella said. "I know we're worried about the goalies, but that should be part of hockey. "

Tortorella said he had not talked to Avery about the unsportsmanlike penalty he drew for mouthing off to the refs after a first-period fight.

"He can't be yapping at the refs," Tortorella said. "I haven't talked to him about that. We talked about a couple of other things today. But he can't put himself in that spot."

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