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NEWS: JT Miller Called Up/Arron Asham and Dylan McIlrath Sent Down

JT Miller has been called up from Hartford and Dylan McIlrath and Arron Asham have been sent down (Rangers).


McIlrath played in two games, he was a healthy scratch last night against Pittsburgh, and averaged 7:01, was a minus one, had a fight and a high sticking penalty and two hits.

According to Extra Skater, McIlrath was on the ice for 20 shot attempts for and 12 against and 11 shots on goal for and 8 against.

He started 46.2% of his even strength shifts in the defensive zone.


Asham played in three games since being called back up, was a minus two, and played between 3:32 and 6:33 per game. He was also a healthy scratch against the Flames.

Asham was called up on 12/9.


Miller played in two games for the Wolf Pack since being sent down and had 2 goals and an assist.

One of his goals was very Rick Nash-like.

Miller was last sent down on 12/9

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Note: Arron Asham IN and Dylan McIlrath OUT Tonight

This is an Arron Asham jerseyArron Asham re-joins the Rangers lineup tonight and Dylan McIlrath will be a healthy scratch. (Pat Leonard)

The Rangers used 7 defensemen and 11 forwards in their win over Calgary on Sunday.

On Sunday, McIlrath played 5:08 and had his first NHL fight.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that with an upcoming stretch of 4 games in six nights, he wants to have seven healthy defensemen around.

Adam Rotter: After playing two games at the NHL level, it will be good for McIlrath to sit for a game to watch things from a different vantage point. At this point it is one game and sitting for one game, or even two or three straight, won’t disrupt his development. If he were to sit and not play for 3 or 4 weeks straight, that would be something else but the organization will send him back to Hartford before something like that happens.

Read: What Arron Asham Said Today

This is an Arron Asham jerseyArron Asham returns to the Rangers lineup tonight after spending the first part of the season in Hartford.

He spoke today (Rangers) and said “Everyone knows that I am 35 and the style of game that I play is slowly fading. I am just taking every opportunity I get and trying to make the most of it.”

Asham added:

  • “I will play my game, use my body and if I have to fight I will fight and I won’t change anything about my game. I am going to try and add some life to this team and get a couple of wins.”
  • On the energy he can bring, “There is no point in changing. I will play my game, try and get some life into the fans and try and get some life off of that and I will play my game. Everyone is a little up tight and nervous around here and I will try and relax things.”
  • On being back at MSG, “It will be good to come home and play in front of the fans and try to get a W tonight.”
  • On him going to Hartford, “trying to nurture the young kids and be a leader on and off the ice and be a good presence in the dressing room. Try to make the guys down there better pros. It was tough going down there and getting the news that I would be going to the A. I held no grudges, it’s part of the game and I dealt with it.”

He said, “I don’t know how long I will be up but I will take advantage of it.”

NEWS: Arron Asham called up/JT Miller Sent Down

This is an Arron Asham jerseyThe Rangers have announced that Arron Asham has been called up and that JT Miller has been sent down.

Asham was sent down by the Rangers in mid-October and embraced the idea of working his way back up to the Rangers.

He has played in 12 games for the Wolf Pack and has 2 assists, 5 shots on goal and 19 PIM.

About a week before being sent down, Alain Vigneault said of Asham “He is at the point now in his career where he wants to be in the NHL as long as he can and contribute. He is one of our oldest players and he is fighting to stay in our lineup and to stay in the NHL. He was put on waivers and no one picked him up, so you have 30 teams that have passed on him so now he comes into the lineup and hopefully he can play well for us.”


Miller was recalled on Friday and played 11:49 on Saturday with 2 shots and 9:01 last night with 0 shots and a minus two rating.

Adam Rotter: Honestly, I had forgotten about Asham. Besides seeing the odd note here and there that he was missing games in Hartford due to being hurt and then returning, I had forgotten that he was still Rangers property. He isn’t a solution to any of the Rangers issues, but he does bring some toughness and grit that the team is lacking. If anything, Asham is a better use of a spot in the lineup than Benoit Pouliot, who scored last night but was mostly ineffective and spent most of the night going offsides.

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NEWS: Martin Biron and Arron Asham Clear Waivers

Marty Biron Broadway Hat

6:07PM: Pierre LeBrun caught up with Biron at ESPN.com and Biron said that the only options he is considering are playing in Hartford or retiring.

He said that he wants to let the dust settle on being placed on waivers and then clearing before making a decision. Biron is back in Buffalo with his family to make the decision.

1:11PM: Asham and Biron have been sent to Hartford, via the AHL Transaction page. Biron, as noted below, is being given some time to decide what he wants to do.

12:35PM: Katie Strang tweets that Marty Biron will take some time before deciding what his next move is.

Pierre LeBrun says that the Rangers are going to give Biron some time to decide what he wants to do.

12:07PM: According to Pierre LeBrun, Arron Asham and Martin Biron have cleared waivers.

Read Arron Asham’s thoughts, HERE, and Marty Biron’s, HERE.

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NEWS: Arron Asham and Martin Biron on Waivers (Updates)

1:12PM: According to Larry Brooks, Alain Vigneault just met with Asham and Biron individually to tell them they have been placed on waivers.

12:05PM: According to Ryan Rishaug of TSN the Rangers have placed both Arron Asham and Marty Biron on waivers.

Both players are in the final year of their contracts, Asham with a cap hit of $1 million and Biron at $1.3 million.

If sent down, Asham would count $75,000 against the cap and Marty Biron would count $375,000 in dead space.

Both Asham and Biron have histories with Vigneault that pre-date the Rangers. Asham played for Vigneault in Montreal for parts of three-seasons and Biron played for Vigneault as an 18-year old in juniors.


This is an Arron Asham jerseyAsham was placed on waivers during the offseason and cleared.

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It had been suggested that Alain Vigneault wasn’t thrilled with Martin Biron so far this season.


Adam Rotter: The Asham move isn’t that surprising. It came down to him and Darroll Powe at the end of training camp for the fourth line veteran spot and Asham was kept because of his size and physical play. He hasn’t been that effective and was scratched on Saturday in favor of going with seven defensemen.

With Biron, I thought he would get at least one or two more starts before the team made a decision. That being said, while there is risk in losing him and the team must be okay with that, they may be trying to use this as a motivating factor and a way to get his game back on track.

Just because they were placed on waivers doesn’t mean that their time with the Rangers is over. They can be sent to Hartford at any point in the next 30 days. If they are on the roster past 30 days then they will have to be placed on waivers again with the intention of sending them down.

News: Arron Asham Playing Tomorrow/Fighting For His Career (Updates)

This is an Arron Asham jersey10/7/13

Asham told the Rangers website:

  • “I’m basically fighting for my life. I am not getting any younger. This could be my last year. I will be working for a job next year and helping this team make the playoffs and making a good run. I came in with a do or die mentality.”
  • “I came in knowing that I was on a thin line, I had a decent exhibition season and made it hard for the coaches to send me down. Hopefully I can stay in the lineup and make it easy for the coaches to keep me in the lineup.”

Asham added that he got into a routine last year of only playing 4 or 5 minutes a night and that he is looking forward to getting some more minutes this year, “I have some more minutes in these legs.”

Asham also said that John Tortorella ran a pretty tight ship and that guys are now coming to the rink everyday with smiles on their faces.


10/6/13:

7:40PM: The Rangers have noted on twitter that Arron Asham will make his season debut tomorrow.

Pat Leonard says that Jesper Fast will come out of the lineup.

He tells the team’s twitter account, “I want to show that there is some life left in these old legs…..I am fighting for my career here.”

Read: Arron Asham Says That Some Players Were Fed Up With John Tortorella

This is an Arron Asham jersey7AM: In a chat with the Portage Dailygraphic, Aaron Asham said that while he enjoyed playing for John Tortorella, some players had grown tired of Tortorella and his style of coaching.

Asham said that the dressing room was “intense” and players were “uptight” and that now with Alain Vigneault coming in “we can start laughing and having some fun.”

On Tortorella, Asham said that he is very intense and while he “does a decent job” of getting the most out of his players, the guys who have been there for a long time were getting “fed up” with all the screaming and intensity.