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Asham wants to stay, win Cup in Pittsburgh: “We’ve got the horses here to do it”

Jun 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

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Penguins forward Arron Asham has made it known he wants to stay in Pittsburgh next season — and he knows when he’ll find out if it’s going to happen.

“I’m hoping that I hear something from the Penguins by the NHL Draft,” Asham told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That’s when I should know if I’m back or if I’m looking for another place to play.”

The draft takes place on June 22-23 — at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, ironically enough — and it appears Asham is in a similar boat to that of fellow UFAs Steve Sullivan and Richard Park, in that Pens GM Ray Shero said he’s yet to make final decisions on which guys he’ll retain.

“I definitely would like to stay here,” Asham explained. “I’m extremely happy here. My family loves it here. So do I. It’s a solid team, and I want to be a part of it. I want to win a Stanley Cup, and I think we’ve got the horses here to do it.”

The elephant in the room with Asham’s negotiations is the four-game suspension he received during Pittsburgh’s opening-round playoff loss to Philadelphia, for cross-checking Brayden Schenn. It was the second-longest suspension of the postseason (a mere 21 games less than Raffi Torres‘) and Asham still has one game left to serve.

“It’s a tough question,” Asham said when asked if the suspension would affect negotiations negatively. “I don’t know if that suspension is going to be something that hurts me or not. It’s something that happened.

“I was trying to stick up for a teammate. I was trying to do a team-oriented thing.’’

  1. jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    he might just be the odd man out. penguins should distance themselves as far away from that embarassing first round series as much as they can, and if asham is the scapegoat then so be it. we know james neal isnt going anywhere…letting asham go might send a message.

  2. miketoasty - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Please just keep Sullivan, he made a world of difference for the PP. Park and Asham are expendable in my opinion (But then again I am not the one making millions of dollars to make the decisions).

  3. ironcity6pak - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Sullivan def needs to stay especially if we can’t keep staal. Asham brings a lot grit and fight to this team but doesn’t seem to step up when it counts. I like Asham but I think he’s on his way out. Thanks for your services Arron and please don’t knock out Crosby when you play us again.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I would like Asham on my roster October thru mid April after that, GIT !

  5. killerpgh - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Asham needs to stay. The Penguins lack toughness on the forwards. He is an above average 4th line who can fight and play 8 minutes a game and doesn’t hurt the team when he is on the ice. The sad thing is Asham was probably our best forward in the playoffs 2 years ago against the lightning (that’s probably why we lost after being up 3 games to 1). His suspension in the playoffs was bs. He has never been fine or suspended before and get 4 playoff games for a cross check to the chest and a brush across the back of Schenn’s helmet with his glove. Should have been a 2 game suspension at worst.

    • supercoop8 - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:15 AM

      Neal’s suspension should’ve been longer so it more than evened out

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