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Rangers recall Asham, send Miller to AHL

Dec 9, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers are hoping to turn things around as their nine-game homestand began with a stumble, so perhaps beefing up might help? The team brought bruising winger Arron Asham up from the AHL and sent J.T. Miller to the Hartford Wolf Pack in his place.

Asham, 35, collected two assists and 19 penalty minutes in 12 games in the AHL. He seems to rack up PIM a little faster in the NHL, as he had 14 in just three games with the Rangers this season (going without a point in that span).

While he won’t be confused with a high-level scorer, Asham is a fairly productive player relative to his peers. He has four career 10+ goal seasons.

Miller, 20, has two points and a -6 rating in 17 games with the Rangers. He’s spent some time in Hartford, too, scoring six points in six AHL games. Perhaps the first-rounder (15th overall in 2011) will receive a confidence boost from playing in the minors, then.

  1. stakex - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Not a terrible move. One thing, among many, that this team currently lacks is toughness and grit. Adding Asham to the roster will certainly help with that, and for a bruiser Asham can score from time to time.

    Of course this is about as little as the Rangers can do to change things up, so its unlikely to make a significant impact.

  2. johnstone17 - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    It must be Millers turn to be jerked around.

  3. crazemastercraze - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Um, I think they need to score goals since none of their $5million and up players seem capable of doing it. And this move is going to make that happen……..?*

  4. blomfeld - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    GREAT PICTURE O’BRIEN ! :)

    You gotta love pictures featuring a King just about to ‘clock’ some no name eh ? … good times ! :)

  5. xdj511 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Interesting move… seeing that Asham was sent down early in the year because he well… stunk. Now we’re counting on him to provide much needed grit and touchness… he was in and out of the lineup last year with various injuries and frankly I doubt he has much left to contribute… sad that this stinks a little bit of desperation already.

    Miller must feel like a yo-yo already, but Kreider turned out okay after a season of this, so hopefully we won’t damage the kid too much.

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