Read: Arron Asham on his time in Hartford and his future

This is an Arron Asham jerseyArron Asham was placed on waivers on October 14th and sent to Hartford on October 15th of last season.

He played in three games before being sent down, with 0 points, a minus three rating, 14 PIM (including two fights) and ice time between 8:53 and 11:55.

Asham was then called up on 12/9 and played in three games for the Rangers before being sent down to Hartford for good on 12/19.

In that stretch, Asham played in three games, was a minus two, and played between 3:32 and 6:33 per game. He was also a healthy scratch against the Flames.

In his two stints in Hartford, Asham played in 25 games, had 3 goals, 2 assists, 12 shots on goal and 32 PIM.

On his time in Hartford, Asham said that he helped “a lot of young kids” and had fun, but doesn’t necessarily want to be in the minor leagues again next season. (PortageDaily)

He said that even though he wasn’t part of the group that went to the Stanley Cup Final, he was happy for the friends and teammates that he got to know in his two years in the organization. (PortageDaily)

Asham said that he will give his career one more shot and would be willing to play overseas if an NHL job doesn’t come about. He adds that he has played a long time and not getting a contract wouldn’t be the “end of the world.” (PortageDaily)

He just finished up a two-year deal worth $1 million per season. (CG)

In two seasons with the Rangers, Asham played 33 games, had two goals, was a minus 3 and averaged 6:47 per game. He also played in 10 playoff games for the Rangers in 12-13, had two goals and averaged 6:40 per game.


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

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6:07PM: Pierre LeBrun caught up with Biron at 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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