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Falling Rangers place Asham, Biron on waivers

Oct 14, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

Martin Biron AP

After getting off to a 1-4-0 start and allowing 25 goals over that span, the New York Rangers seem poised to shake up their roster. Although goaltender Martin Biron and forward Arron Asham joined New York for its morning practice, both players are now on waivers, according to Newsday’s Steve Zipay.

Asham, 35, already previously cleared waivers over the summer and any team that wants him will have to assume what’s left of his $1 million cap hit for the 2013-14 campaign. He’s a physical, bottom-six forward that’s already accumulated 14 penalty minutes in just three games.

Asham had two goals and no assists in 27 contests last season and he hasn’t recorded a point yet in 2013-14.

In his prime, Martin Biron was a starter for the Buffalo Sabres and later Philadelphia Flyers, but for the last few years he’s been a solid understudy to Henrik Lundqvist. Unfortunately, he couldn’t have gotten off to much worse of a start this season. In 71 minutes of ice time, Biron has a 7.61 GAA and .763 save percentage.

He was in danger of losing his backup job before the season even began as the Rangers brought in veteran goalie Johan Hedberg to compete with Biron during training camp. Hedberg was later released from his tryout contract and remains unsigned.

The 36-year-old goaltender comes with a $1.3 million annual cap hit.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Asham will get picked up by caps or jacks

    • lowenni - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      I was just thinking that. If Caps pick up Asham, it will allow them to move Tom Wilson back to juniors. Right now Wilson can’t develop with the ice time he’s getting, but Asham could slide in there on the 4th line RW and take over Wilson’s enforcer/agitator role.

  2. btlpper68 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    The ranger should trade lundqvist.. He is a good goalie but w the team in front of him it Dosent matter who is in net by trading him they would
    Get a much better player in return

    • govtminion - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Such as…?

      It might not be a good start for the Rangers, but I’m very curious how you feel that you’d upgrade from a guy who at the very least belongs on a top-five list of top active NHL goalies, if not at the very top of that list. It would have to be one hell of a trade.

      • 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Lundqvist isn’t on top of any lists without the shot blockers.

      • stakex - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Lundqvist didn’t have Torts style shot blocking his first couple years in the league…. and he was considered a top goalie at that time as well.

        And his S%, has been near the top of the league every year… and that’s a stat that completely ignores shot blocking and tells what percentage of shots the goalie stops that get to him. So you are wrong, plain and simple.

      • stakex - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Oh and Cups, I would point out your boy Brodeur is only one of the best goalies in history because he played behind one of the best defenses in history most of his career. Through the 90’s and early 20’s the Devils were almost impossible to beat if they had a 1 goal lead because they played trap hockey so effectively…. and Brodeur was able to ride that to success.

        Kinda funny that the Devils didn’t win another cup, and Brodeur’s numbers leveled off after the rules changes that made trap hockey almost impossible (or at least less effective).

      • barkar942 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        skatex- are you and I brothers who were separated at birth? We both see things pretty much the same and don’t wear rose colored glasses.

        That being said, fire AV and crew and bring in Gernander and get back to gritty hockey quickly or the Rangers may even finish the season behind 950003cups lowly Devils.

      • 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        I agree Brodeur had success under the trap system. The same system that win all those Habs cups. In fact in 2003 the devils toned down the trap and still won. In 2012 Tortorella implemented a hybrid trap system. As far as those stats in S%… Lundqvist saw much less quality shots than he is this year. Proof is in the score. Lundqvist is a great goalie, no question about it. Without him, the rangers don’t get anywhere. But he’s not in the top 5 in the league. Open your eyes.

        Although, some experts argue that a goalie is a product of the system played in front of him. Others say it’s vise versa. That argument can go on forever.

  3. stepanup - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Yup. Because Asham and Biron are really the source of the problems. Maybe Dorsett should stop taking three brutal minors a game. The Rangers really need those two way second/third liners. You know, the Dubinsky and Anisimov type.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Agreed – I don’t see how demoting the backup tendy and a 4th liner who gets > 5 a game will change how this team plays.

    • pxland - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      The Rangers need a Stastny and the Avs need a Staal….hmmmm….

    • barkar942 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      My definition of Dorsett- a Sean Avery wannabee without the hockey ability.

      • DED - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Thanks for saying that. I was thinking the same thing. The guy leads the league in penalty minutes! I don’t care if he does have a goal; the Rangers don’t need that aggravation.

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    At the very top of that list? I don’t think so. Lol

  5. sjtorpitt - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Who would back up Hank?

  6. jaredo10 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Cam Talbot will most likely be the guy to back up Henik. Dont know how to fix those problems but deff needs to be fixed noww

  7. bmscalise - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Seems to me that Biron would be a great waiver pick-up for the Pens. He’d be an upgrade as a back-up at a reasonable cap hit, and I suspect his numbers have more to do with the team than him, given that he’s always been solid. I think the Pens would have to make a trade to do it – but they’ll likely have to do that anyway with Tanger coming back this week. I’d keep Maatta up, claim Biron, and see what you get for Niskanen, however nice it would be to keep him.

  8. steelers88 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I really wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins pick up Biron.

  9. sjsharks66 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    The Pens should pick up Biron. At least until Tomas V comes back and that is IF he comes back.

  10. barkar942 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I wonder if any of this has to really do with whatever Biron’s early camp absence in September was really about more than his play?

    • DED - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      I was wondering that myself. I couldn’t understand why they brought Hedberg in for a PTO when Biron was out, which I thought was for personal issues.

      This isn’t the first time the Rangers kicked their back up goalie to waivers after a bad game. Valiquette was dumped after a 8-3 loss to Pitt in 2010. After he cleared he went down to Hartford and never returned. I don’t see that happening with Biron. He deserves better.

  11. President Charles Logan - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Flyers should drop Rosehill and pick up Asham.

  12. proudliberal85392 - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Biron won’t be out there very long.

  13. nicknyhc - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Stupid move.

    Biron is better than Hedberg. The whole team has had a terrible start defensively.

    The Ranger haters who are yelling “Trade Lundqvist!” are laughable. 3 bad games for the entire team doesn’t mean you trade the best goalie in the league.

  14. bleedrangerblue - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Whoever said trade Lundqvist is an idiot. Yeah I said it…..

  15. multiplemiggs - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    well Rags fans normally are idiots hahahaha

  16. DED - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Well, no one picked up either guy. Asham agreed to Hartford but Biron isn’t sure he wants to go that route again.

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