#45 / Right Wing / Pittsburgh Penguins
Apr 13, 1978
Arron Asham, formerly of the Philadelphia Flyers, is now officially a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
For those who are doubting the signing already, let's look at the upside. Because frankly that's all I'm seeing from this signing.
Asham adds a level of grit, even if it means getting his face bashed in for a few teammates. I'm not opposed to having a guy like that on the team I'm rooting for.
Here's Asham's 09-10 line:
72GP - 10g - 14a - 24 pts - minus-2 - 126 PIM
I'm going out on a limb here to draw a comparison, but here goes.
You know who came to mind when I heard the Pens signed Asham?
#17 / Left Wing / Pittsburgh Penguins
Jan 13, 1980
When Rupp came on board with the Pens in 09-10, he was coming off a year in which he scored three goals and picked up six assists over the span of 72 games. In his first year with the Penguins, Rupp scored a career-high 13 goals and added six assists for another career-high 19 points over 81 games.
Does this mean Asham will have a similar first season with the Penguins? Well, not necessarily. But this does potentially mean that the Pens are considering perhaps a promotion somewhere along the third and fourth lines (Staal? Cooke?). And really for a one-year deal worth $700,000, how can you complain? Once again Ray Shero is working with the money he has available. I have no issues with this signing, other than the obvious fact that he's a former Flyer.
But so was Mark Recchi. And John LeClair. And former Penguins captain Orest Kindrachuk.
In other words, I'm color blind to the past.
Travis from Broad Street Hockey shares his thoughts:
You guys are going to love Arron Asham. Sure, his rep around the league is as a tough guy, and he can certainly hold his own in that department. But most of all, he's a tough guy with quite a bit of offensive touch that will surprise you on the offensive end. His hands are very underrated and he can be quite the little playmaker as well. His shot is pretty damn hard too.
Most Flyers fans are sad to see him go, but he'll be a welcome addition in Pittsburgh. It should be interesting to see how his addition impacts Matt Cooke for two reasons: 1) they hate each other, or, at least, Ash hates Cooke, and 2) he probably makes Cooke pretty disposable on the Pens roster.
Now, your thoughts.