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.
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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.