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Asham to Rangers: two years, $2 million

Jul 1, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers have added some toughness by signing Arron Asham to a two-year, $2 million contract.

The 34-year-old will join his sixth NHL club, and when he steps on the ice with the Blueshirts he’ll have played for all five Atlantic Division teams.

Asham gets a slight raise over the $775,000 he made last season in Pittsburgh, where he registered five goals, 11 assists and 76 PIM.

His signing likely means the end of Brandon Prust’s time with the Rangers.

  1. DED - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    If it’s the end of Prust’s time with the Rangers, then it’s a dumb move them. Prust knows Tortz system. He’s a solid checker, great on the PK, and occasionally sparks things up with a short handed goal and provides some offense. Yeah, his points were down this year but his defensive contributions made up for it. And the fans love him. Then again, that doesn’t really matter to NY management. As much as I didn’t like Avery, he was still very popular with many other Ranger fans.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Asham make Sean Avery look like Einstein !

  2. kingfooj - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    AND that completes the circle around the Atlantic!
    Isles->NJ->Philly->Pit->NY

    Wow, i cant imagine how it feels to see that was once on your team on each of the teams you hate the most, man talk about conflicting feelings.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Man, I get what you’re saying…I think. But that second sentence was awful. You should do something about that.

      • kingfooj - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        my bad, went back and edited the first line before finishing that one. **to see someone that was**

  3. ironcity6pak - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Lol agreed, loved having ash though.

  4. goalieguy37 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Aaron Asham is by far my favorite fighter in the NHL. anyone see him pound McQuaid? a thing of beauty. unfortunately the pens are my favorite team:/
    You’ll be missed in pitt.

    • DED - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Any ideas why they let him go? As a Ranger fan, my opinion of him is colored by him being an opponent who never struck me as anything more than a goon. I’d appreciate knowing what else he brings to the rink.

      • DED - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        The Rangers are going to need those fighting skills now that Carkner will be playing for the Islanders.

  5. sizzle299 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Surprised he moved around so much. Good team guy and role player, had good hands to contribute a point here and there too

  6. DED - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Prust got $10 million over 4 years from Montreal. So Sather didn’t want to give him the money. Figured that Asham was a bargain at 40% of the price.

  7. icyirish - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    PRUST WAS ASKING 1.5 PER SO HOW IS THIS A GOOD DEAL.ive got a good idea why not get rid of cally so we can really get back to the good old (beat the piss out of us rangers).

    • DED - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Why would Prust ask for $1.5 mil when he was making $1.6?

  8. kcredneck - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    SATHER NEEDS HIS DAMN HEAD EXAMINED, GOOD LUCK PRUST!

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