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Former Penguins’ Asham will make Rangers debut vs old team

Jan 20, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

Arron Asham #45 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on November 15, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 3-2 in overtime. Getty Images

Arron Asham didn’t play in the New York Rangers’ season opener against the Boston Bruins. However, Rangers coach John Tortorella inserted Asham into the lineup for Sunday’s game against his old club, the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the New York Daily News.

Asham spent two seasons with Pittsburgh before inking a two-year deal with the Rangers over the summer.

“Obviously he brings an element of toughness,” Tortorella said. “I’m anxious to see him on that (fourth) line, and maybe elsewhere.”

Tortorella is concerned about Asham taking penalties, but at the same time he doesn’t “expect him to be a saint.” The Rangers coach is willing to allow Asham to be himself, although he does think the team can be physical without taking penalties.

Asham is projected to play alongside Jeff Halpern and Mike Rupp.

The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET tonight.

  1. friedberg7 - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Asham you will always be Pittsburgh’s favorite eskimo. We will miss you.

  2. wingslax35 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Cheap shot artist. When the tough got going, he went to being a punk.

  3. killerpgh - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    And Asham fights Glass 2 seconds into the game in a long battle.

  4. csilojohnson - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    That’s a tough line with Smash’m Asham and Big Rupp. Glass got the better of Asham though. Not by much. Good Fight.
    GO PENS!

  5. rgledz - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    The NHL season starts yesterday after a more than 100 day lockout and the last post on PHT is almost 4 hours old. Pathetic, there must not be any east coast action. Keep it fresh PHT.

  6. tuberippin - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I didn’t realize Asham had signed with the Blueshirts this offseason. That means he’s now played for every team in the Atlantic division (Isles to the Devils, Devils to the Flyers, Flyers to the Penguins, Penguins to the Rangers; also the Habs), which is pretty cool. I enjoyed him in his four seasons on the Island.

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