Feb 19, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Arron Asham (45) tries to knock the puck down against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

New York Rangers And The Free Agents: Arron Asham

So first up in this “please don’t sign him during free agency, please Glen Sather” is current Pittsburgh Penguin right wing, Arron Asham. While he is no Matt Cooke, Asham holds a special place in my heart as a player I don’t want to set step on to the Garden ice as a New York Ranger.  The chances of the Rangers even looking at Arron Asham is slim, but at a yearly cap hit of $775,000 and an average of 10 goals and 15 assists makes him a nice looking alternative to Brandon Prust.

How can the Rangers not look at someone who’s production is higher than Prust at a lower rate?

The difference between Prust and Asham?

Asham finished off his season with a four game suspension during the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia Flyers after he cross checked Brayden Schenn and then punched him as Schenn laid on the ice.

Prior to the incident, Asham was more of a nuisance than a danger, but Rangers don’t need that.  Asham didn’t have a record of these types of actions, but to jump from no suspensions to 4 suspensions?  Do the Rangers want a guy who is that out of control when the pressure is on?

And yes, Prust was also suspended during this playoff run, he elbowed Anton Volchenkov in the head.

I don’t mean to detract from the Volchenkov hit, had Prust continued to attack him, it would be on the same level as Asham’s hit.  But the fact that Asham continued the attack after the initial attack, geez, I don’t want that any where near the New York Rangers.

In addition to this, Asham has a history of concussions.  Three incidences in which he sat out with a concussion or concussion like symptoms, over the course of one year.  Yes, no NHLer is going to escape without getting knocked around.  But do you really want a player to start his Rangers career with three of these already?  I know it’s happened before, but Asham will not be adding to the team.

The New York Rangers looking at Asham seems like a far off chance, but he is available and you can never predict what Sather will do.  Asham will not help solve the shortage of goals the Rangers are suffering from. And Asham is a cheap alternative to Prust, but so is Stu Bickel.  Stick with Bickel and Prust, please.


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