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.

NEW YORK, December 9, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward Arron Asham from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), while forward J.T. Miller has been assigned to Hartford.
Asham, 35, has registered two assists and 19 penalty minutes in 12 games with Hartford this season. He made his debut with the Wolf Pack on October 18 against Manchester, following his assignment to Hartford on October 15. He tallied two assists in a four-game span from November 8 vs. Providence to November 16 at Bridgeport. His assist on November 8 vs. Providence was also his first career point with the Wolf Pack.
Asham returns to the Rangers where he has skated in three contests this season. He registered his 1,000th career penalty minute on October 10 at Anaheim. In two seasons as a Blueshirt, Asham has tallied two goals and 64 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games. He made his Rangers debut on January 20, 2013 against Pittsburgh, and notched his first point as a Ranger with a goal on February 10, 2013 against Tampa Bay. Asham also tallied two goals in 10 playoff contests with the Rangers last season, including the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 13 at Washington.
The Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2012. He was originally selected by Montreal as a third round choice, 71st overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
Miller, 20, has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in 17 games with the Rangers this season. He recorded his first point of the season with a power play assist on October 31 against Buffalo, and notched his first goal of the season on November 10 against Florida. Miller returns to Hartford where he has tallied five goals and one assist for six points, along with six penalty minutes and a plus-four rating in six games this season. He has recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in his last three games with Hartford, and notched a goal in four straight games from October 6 against Albany to November 27 against Portland.
The East Palestine, Ohio native was originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.




7 comments
kachook
kachook

This is a nothing move. AA can't even stay healthy in the AHL, he can't score in the AHL and he isn't beating people up in the AHL so what's he supposed to accomplish in the NHL??? Being a better option than Pouliot or Pyatt is the definition of damning a player with faint praise.

As for Miller, I want to start hearing people complain about AV jerking this kid around the same way they vilified Torts for his handling of Kreider.

TheGAGLine
TheGAGLine

Glad to see Asham being given another chance.  He has more grit and better hands than BB.  



Dennis Kuflik
Dennis Kuflik

I have no issue with bringing back Asham, but couldn't they do something else besides send Miller down.

savedoctor
savedoctor

Better use of a spot than Pouliot?  Maybe.  Definitely a better use of a spot than any of Moore, Pyatt and Dorsett, and probably a better use of a spot than Boyle.  I only say "maybe" with Boyle b/c he's half decent on faceoffs.

cljamny
cljamny

Rather have Miller get big minutes in Hartford but don't get why they're not bringing a defenseman up.  Time to find out if McIlrath can play with the big club especially if Staal is out indefinitely.  He can't be worse than J Moore and he can stand up for teammates.  Asham makes sense since he's the closest thing to Prust they have.

Jon Carman
Jon Carman

They have got to stop jerking Miller around. He may not be perfect yet but he's young and quick. Put him on the 3rd line and leave him there and see if he can move up eventually. Pyatt needs to stay out of the lineup, period, probably Boyle too. Those 2 are too darn slow and soft for being so big.