When the Rangers signed Arron Asham on July 1, 58% of readers said that they didn’t like the move.
Asham has played on the Rangers fourth line this season, averaged 6:42 per game, (with 13:05 as a season high in Tampa Bay and 1:57 as a season low in the second game of the season against the Penguins) with three shots, 11 hits and two fighting majors.
Last night, Asham scored his first goal of the season and John Tortorella was quite happy he did.
Tortorella said on MSG last night, “a guy like Ash, what he does, a lot of players won’t do it. Those type of guys who fight for their teammates, the guys who do all the dirty things, they score a goal and his teammates are certainly happy for him. You can see he is a good teammate. We talked about bringing him here, he has played on about 100 teams and every team we talked to said that he was a great guy. He was feeling it. The next shift after he was wheeling and dealing. Good for him, I’m happy for him. He has a lot of things to do in the game that a lot of other players won’t do or are willing to do.
Asham told the team’s website that he appreciated getting a regular shift and the chance to chip in offensively.
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12:47PM: Katie Strang notes that John Tortorella isn’t sure if Asham will be available tomorrow.
11:58AM: According to Katie Strang, Arron Asham has a mild-groin strain and that is why he is not on the ice today.
Asham played 5:53 on Sunday in his season debut against the Penguins.
He played four shifts in the first period, three in the second period and two in the third period.
Asham fought Tanner Glass two seconds in to the game.
Last night the Penguins announced their starting lineup as James Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Tanner Glass. The Rangers countered with Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Arron Asham.
After the game on MSG, John Tortorella said that he started Asham because the Penguins are his former team and because the Penguins started Glass.
Two seconds into the game, Asham and Glass dropped the gloves.
Asham told the NY Post that he fought for one reason, “All fights are to try and get your bench going, get the crowd into it. I thought it was a good time to do it, but it didn’t work out.”
Tortorella said that he was angry with team’s response, or lack thereof, to the fight,”high marks to Ash. That is what pisses me off. Ash goes in there, hangs in there and we don’t come in behind him. When a player does something like that the other players need to feed off of that and do their thing.”
Filip Bondy writes in the Daily News that the fight didn’t have its intended impact and “choreographed fights are a continued disgrace in the NHL”
In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes about the Rangers new players who aren’t named Rick Nash.
He writes about how Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt and Jeff Halpern will need to replace players like Ruslan Fedotenko, John Mitchell and Brandon Prust.
Brian Boyle praised the competitiveness of Jeff Halpern and said that these guys know their roles and add to the overall depth of the team, “these are guys who work and do whatever the team needs them to do. And that’s what you want.”
Halpern added that a guy like Taylor Pyatt is who every team needs since he is a big guy who can control the puck. Halpern added “those are the kind of guys you need.”
On his game, Pyatt said “I play that grinding style that can be effective in the playoffs and hopefully in a shortened season like this one.”
In the Daily News, Jeff Halpern said that Asham can have a big role on a team that likes to wear out their opponents. He described him as a “grinder with a good skill set.”
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The Rangers signed Arron Asham to a two-year deal worth $2 million to help replace Brandon Prust who signed with Montreal.
On the day he signed 58% of readers said that they did not like the move to sign Asham.
His former teammate Mike Rupp told Blueshirts United that Asham plays a Rangers style of hockey “He has that no-nonsense approach, the style we like to play here. He also has a great shot and can contribute some offense, too, so I think it’s great we added him.”
On what he can add, Asham said earlier in the summer “I’m still capable of going out there and giving you a good 10 or 12 minutes and contributing offensively. I’ll fight when the team needs me to. I haven’t lost much of the fighting skills.“
Rupp admitted “I didn’t really like him at first, but once I played with him I really grew to like him and really respect the way he plays.”
Two seasons ago in Pittsburgh Arron Asham and Mike Rupp played on the same line and Rupp put up 9 goals and 8 assists in 81 games.
Last season for the Rangers, Rupp had four goals and one assist.
Rupp told Blueshirts United that he thinks playing with Asham again could get him on the score sheet more “if that’s the way the lines shake out this year, then I think we can have a fourth line that could add a little more production than we had last year.”
That season Asham had five goals and six assists.
In the offseason, the Rangers lost Brandon Prust, John Mitchell and Ruslan Fedotenko from their bottom six roles and replaced them with Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt and Jeff Halpern.
Brian Boyle, who played consistently over the past two seasons with Prust and Fedotenko told Blueshirts United that he is excited for his new group of teammates.
On his new teammates, Boyle said “Asham is a tough player, protects his teammates,and we’re all about that here, we’re a very close group. Halpern, having gone against him on faceoffs, you know it’s a huge challenge. I watched Taylor Pyatt in the playoffs and thought he was great.”
Adam Rotter: I think that Pyatt will be on one of Boyle’s wings with the other winger still undetermined. Boyle plays the same kind of game no matter who his linemates are and he will just have to develop chemistry with them like he did with Prust and Fedotenko. Asham and Halpern are likely to be with Mike Rupp on the fourth line.
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At Empty Netters, a blog on the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s website, Seth Rorabaugh looks at the career of Arron Asham as a Penguin.
He writes that it was looked at as a puzzling move when the Penguins signed Asham, because they had Matt Cooke, but in the end, Asham proved to be a solid player for the Pens “Asham started as a question mark with the Penguins when he signed as a free agent. Over time, he became a surprising source of offense and ultimately served as the unquestioned enforcer who had his teammates’ back.”
He notes that unofficially Asham had a 10-1-3 record in fights as a Penguin.
On what he can bring to the Rangers, Asham said earlier in the summer, “I’m still capable of going out there and giving you a good 10 or 12 minutes and contributing offensively. I’ll fight when the team needs me to. I haven’t lost much of the fighting skills.”
Adam Rotter: Asham has the kind of reputation where you hate him if he is playing your team but you love him if he is on your team. Asham is going to have to endear himself to the fan base against his former teams in the division. When the bell rings, Asham needs to be ready against the Flyers, Penguins, Devils and Islanders. He is a fourth liner but replacing a fan-favorite in Brandon Prust, so he will have his work cut out for him.