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UFA spotlight — Arron Asham

Jun 29, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

Aaron Asham, Jay Beagle AP

All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Arron Asham (F)

Age: 34

2011-12 cap hit: $775,000

The skinny:

According to Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review, it’s “looking more and more unlikely” that Asham will re-sign in Pittsburgh.

Not that Asham wants to leave. The tough 34-year-old that’s spent time with the Canadiens, Islanders, Devils, Flyers and Penguins is happy where he is.

“I definitely would like to stay here,” he said a couple of weeks ago. “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.”

Asham is a fourth-liner that doesn’t mind dropping the gloves (or Jay Beagle, for that matter), but not quite a heavyweight like Brian McGrattan or Cam Janssen. However, he can play more minutes than your average enforcer and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau six times in his career.

For a team looking for so-called “toughness that can play,” Asham could be a nice fit.

More UFA spotlights

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Zach Parise

Jason Garrison

Jiri Hudler

Justin Schultz

Shane Doan

Alexander Semin

  1. sportsfreak13 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I know I’m in the minority here but I want the pens to bring him back. Sign parise, sign asham, trade for Shea Weber, sign niskanen then start the season. That would be a dream offseason from this pens fan view point.

    • upyoursnfu - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Would love to see him come back the Pens.

    • bmscalise - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Heck – while we’re at it – might as well grab Stamkos and one of the Sedins.

      Nash wouldn’t give up Weber for anything short of Geno, and he’s still an RFA. To even lay that out as an option is ridiculous.

  2. jernster21 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the Avs pick this guy up to play along side Cody McLeod. Boom

  3. melonheadsdaddy - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    This dude is the ULTIMATE scumbag. Here’s to him never playing again.

    • upyoursnfu - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      Need a tampon?

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Asham is the best enforcer in the league. Would love to see him on the sharks or resign to the pens.
    Thanks to Pierre everyone thinks asham wants to break your neck with a cross check.
    Great dude and hope he plays for a few more years.

  5. obamablowz - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Philadelphia should have NEVER let him go!!!! Bring him back and get rid of Shelley!!!!!

    • killerpgh - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Hope he resign with the Penguins. A 4th line with Asham – Vitale – Prust. The line could bring the thunder. Of course that would mean signing Brandon Prust as well. The oly down side would betraying to find a place for Craig Adams then. Adams PK and defense make it hard not to keep him in the lineup.

  6. kingfooj - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    asham for perros straight up

  7. mclovinhockey - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    That would be a dream off season for the pens… I got a better dream offseason for the flyers since we are not looking at cap or anything that would be possible at all with your comment.
    Flyers resign Jagr, trade late round picks and get Nash, Weber and bobby Ryan, then pick up suter and brodure…. Yup, like a said, dream offseason since the chances of the pens being able to afford parise and weber is laughable.

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      not when you trade martin (5 million) in a trade like the michalek trade ( for assets). Then pens have 20 mill in space. As it stands now pens have 15 mil cap space. But pens can’t get parise AND Weber without trading martin.

  8. flyeredup - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    @mclovin…. Did you get your GED yet? Your lack of English is humiliating to Flyers fans. Please become an Islanders fan fool.

    • obamablowz - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      He is pretty dumb….however I believe he is a 14 or 15 year old kid so don’t be too hard on him.

  9. bcjim - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Id take him, and I’m a Caps fan.

    • letangusespertplus - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      jay beagles face wouldnt allow it.

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