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Veteran forward Asham now a Ranger

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Arron Asham.

Asham, 34, skated in 64 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, registering five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, along with 76 penalty minutes. He notched a goal while making his 700th career appearance on October 20 against Montreal, which began a stretch of points in four of five games through October 29 at Toronto (one goal, three assists over the span).

Asham recorded his 200th career point with an assist on December 16 at Ottawa. He also skated in three playoff contests with the Penguins.

Drafted by Montreal in 1996, 34-year-old forward Arron Asham has played 756 career NHL games for five teams and had four goals in Philadelphia's run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010.

The 5-11, 205-pounder has skated in 756 career games over 13 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 92 goals and 114 assists for 206 points, along with 940 penalty minutes. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Asham will be the first player in NHL history to have skated for all five current Atlantic Division teams once he makes his debut with the Rangers.

Asham established career-highs in goals (15), assists (19), points (34), shots on goal (114), and power play goals (four) while skating in 78 games with the Islanders in 2002-03. He also tallied single-game career-highs in assists (four), points (five) and plus/minus rating (plus-four) that season, on March 25, 2003, at Chicago. Asham registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the final 13 games of the 2002-03 season.

In postseason play, Asham has recorded nine goals and eight assists for 17 points, along with 50 penalty minutes in 62 career games with Montreal, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

He established career-highs in games played (23), goals (four), assists (three), points (seven), shots on goal (32), and plus/minus rating (plus-four) with Philadelphia in the 2010 playoffs. In the 2011 playoffs, Asham led Pittsburgh in goals (three) and tied for the team lead in points (four).

Asham made his NHL debut with Montreal on November 28, 1998, against Pittsburgh. He recorded his first career point with an assist on December 18, 1999, at Toronto, and notched his first career goal on December 29, 1999, against Ottawa.

The Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens as a third round choice, 71st overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

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