Asham has missed the Rangers last 10 games with back spasms and told the team’s website that he hopes to keep feeling better, but called the process a “work in progress.”
He added that he has been frustrated watching the team over the past 10 games and not having the chance to help the team take steps in the right direction.
John Tortorella said yesterday, via the Daily News, that he hasn’t been able to get a good read on what Asham can provide since he has been injured.
On the Rangers process/decision to bring Asham to the organization, Tortorella said “when we did our work on him, before we signed him, he’s played on every damn team in the league, and we talked to a lot of teams in the league and everybody just raved about him and the type of guy he was … we just haven’t seen enough of him. I’ve watched him from afar. He brings an element to the team and also can play, and I know that but we need to get him healthy to see if he can help us.”
He has one goal this season and is averaging 6:12 per game.
Adam Rotter: Depending on how Michael Haley continues to play, I wonder where Asham will fit into the lineup. They play similar styles, can both drop the gloves, and create energy. Asham is the more polished player but John Tortorella at least seems intrigued with Haley.