The New York Rangers have recalled forward Arron Asham from the Hartford Wolfpack and sent down J.T. Miller in his place, according to the team's official beat writer Jim Cerny.
Asham, 35, played three games with the Rangers this season prior to being sent down to the Wolfpack. He had two assists in 12 games during his time in Hartford.
Miller, 20, was called up from the Wolfpack prior to Saturday's game against the Devils. In his two games he produced two shots and was a -2.
What is the logic behind this move? Well, it's tough to give a specific answer. Miller definitely is better suited developing in the AHL, though it's a bit bizarre that they would call him up and send him back so soon after. I don't think Vigneault is blaming Miller for the underwhelming performance of the team this weekend. Ultimately, though, it's the right move to send him back down.
Asham does bring two things to the table. He does bring a physical presence, which never hurts and is sorely needed with Dorsett shelfed for the time being. Asham also brings a bit of character and desperation. He's always been a great locker room guy and hard worker, and surely he'll see this as what might be his final chance with the Rangers and perhaps in the NHL altogether. After the team more or less sleepwalked through the games against the Devils and Capitals it could be benificial to bring in a guy who will be hungry to make his mark and will bring a bit of urgency and unrest. If Asham manages to prove his worth then it could mean bad news for Pyatt or Pouliot. Maybe the move will cause a few depth guys to worry about their job security and light a fire under them.
Of course, Asham has not exactly lit the AHL on fire during his time in Hartford and I don't know if there are any mind games Vigneault can play that will cause Pyatt and Pouliot to be productive. At this point, though, the team doesn't have much choice but to throw things at the wall and hope something sticks.
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the offensive style guys with actual skill are improving and thriving under AV's style (mcdonagh/nash/richards/kreider) meanwhile the blue collars , the majority of team(cally,girardi,hagelin,stralman, )has turned into luke warm puck playing versions of themselves from the past. do we really think after all these years callahan has lost his heart and will ? that hagelin cant forechek all of a sudden? stepan has forgot how tto cycle behind the net so good? no they are just playing the system and the system exposed our weaknesses and made us a 500 team . WE ALL GOT WHAT WE WISHED FOR FOLKS
WHATS THE CONFUSION ABOUT PERSONELL?? WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SHIT ON THE FAN, TTHIS COACH IS THE WRONG FIT FOR THIS TEAM, ITS AT NHL WITH A SALARY CAP EVERY WANTS TO MAKE 5 TRADES, DON HAPPEN. YOU WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, AND WHAT WE HAVE IS A TEAM THAT CAN WIN THE EAST GET 109 POINTS AND WIN IN THE PLAYOFFS, THIS IS A FACTT!!! THE ONLY THING WE SHOULD BE SECOND GUESSING IS THE COACHING CHANGE, NOT THE PERSONELL
the offensive style guys with actual skill are improving and thriving under AV's style (mcdonagh/nash/richards/kreider) meanwhile the blue collars , the majority of team(cally,girardi,hagelin,stralman, )has turned into luke warm puck playing versions of themselves from the past. do we really think after all these years callahan has lost his heart and will ? that hagelin cant forechek all of a sudden? stepan has forgot how tto cycle behind the net so good? no they are just playing the system and the system exposed our weaknesses and made us a 500 team . WE ALL GOT WHAT WE WISHED FOR FOLKS-BETTER PP-MORE OFFENSIVE MINDED D-LESS DUMPING AND CHASING
With Sather as in charge this is either a good news or bad news but cap is going up to 71m. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=695203&navid=nhl:topheads
I DONT GET ITTT...miller was one of (if not the best) ranger last nite finally showing some offensive talent and they send him down....I dont get wat av sees in pyatt does nothing positive for the team..Would love to see a fourth line of moore asham dorett
btw... got Cam Fowler in fantasy. Absolute disgrace that we did not draft the kid. Top 15 dman in the NHL right now, and exactly what we are missing...
There is a bright side to all this incompetence. Come late next spring, the 'Newly Renovated MSG' will be empty and void of any NHL and NBA play-off games due to Dolan and his pathetic GMs. Maybe, just maybe, then he will take notice.
Miller might have been best ranger on the ice last night. Played with some passion. He deserves to stay. Cannot argue bringing asham up for either Pyatt or Pouliot. Rangers need to find an identity. Callahan thus far is the one player who can set a tone by forechecking and hitting though it appears he is playing hurt as of late. He is not finishing checks or forechecking relentlessly. AV must communicate to Nash that this is his team and he needs to be the guy night in night out. Otherwise this team loses in 5 games first round.
Prust 6 ft, 192lb. Dorsett 5' 11" 188lb. Sorry people but one inch and four pounds ain't the problem with this team so stop with the "oh we shoulda signed Prust" nonsense.though I do mIss Prust.
But I digress.
Asham might be a great callup. Veteran who could have retired like biron chose but wanted to fight for it. He might be what we need and remind these guys how quickly it will all be gone. If he comes biting and snarling like a dog id welcome him with open arms! He took the demotion like a man and fought to earn it back. And did. Got to respect that.
With any decision you have to look at your available options. In this case, there were no perfect options, so you weigh what we were doing (nothing) versus an imperfect fix. This is the imperfect fix. But it's better than nothin'
I think the thing that bugs people is not that Asham has been recalled, but it was Miller who was sent back down to the Pack.
Asham. Wow he's gonna try, but folks the cupboard is bare. As Brooks very belatedly now says Prust is sorely missed...like duh you didn't figure this out last yr when Lucic face planted Nash and McD and roamed around untouched...and this yr is so much worse. The few skill players will be mauled if its anywhere near playoff time. Has Richards hijacked the vets from Callahan? What a mess as we loved the team 2yrs ago. Could it be time for a graceful exit by our GM?
I like it. Seasoned Vet with solid grit, sick work ethic and a nasty shot ( yeah I said it) Asham can shoot - and he can throw down. And I thought he looked great this pre season. He's got some of the passion this "team" needs.
However, I would rather see Pyatt sent down as I think, ( and many will disagree) that Miller is in fact ready for the big stage and thought he looked really good against Jersey, just think he needs a few games to settle in, and he's way more impactful then "Tay Tay" Pyatt anyway.
Pyatt couldnt score in my old Beer League.
callahan coming back and being put on the 3rd line, brassard playing with brian boyle, richards back and forth to wing, boyle back and forth. when you think about it we are 30 games in and this guy has absolutely been a mess, oh yeah 3 goaltenders too. hes incosistent and non chalant and its infected our teamt. im convinced hes the problem. no one hitting, no one fighting , team seems still relaxed and lazy, remind you of someones personality? THE COACH!!! wtf are we in the process of them ruining our cup contender wtf i need a drink
now this fuckin AV guy is really getting to me. is he joking? is this the genius we heard of? switching up 3rd and 4th line players, JT up and down 3x already? del zotto in and out?t moore in and out? the lunqvist debaucle . wtf is this guy doing, he still seems distant to the players and game and calls this a shake up? this guy is fn clueless about east coast hockey apparently.
I think he deserves to be in line up more than 67 or 14 or 4. At lest he has proven toughness which the other 3 don't.
Hopefully they will just let Miller play the rest of the season in Hartford. This yo yo stuff will definitely screw with his head. Just look at Kreider last year. I think Miller has some real talent. He just needs time to develop and I think Hartford is thebest place for him to do that not the press box at MSG
Better than nothing I suppose, and I like Asham, but I can't help worry that he's going to haul off and do something stupid. He tends to do that.
@MikeBlue I wish but highly unlikely. The Garden sells out almost all the time. NYR games sold out in the early 2000s and those were some truly terrible teams. Same with the Knicks in other years (like this one). Probably why Dolan doesn't really care about championships except for bragging rights. He knows the seats will be filled and the merchandise, food, ads will be sold as long as he keeps a fresh new product out, even if that product is terrible. Easier to sign the flashy free agent and get people shelling out their money than it is to build championship teams. It's why the Knicks destroyed a good core to get Carmelo Anthony. It why the NYR signed injured, fading stars like Lindros, Bure, Drury.
@AnnoyingJoe I miss Prust too, but I agree. And I still think Slats did the right thing in not overpaying him. Problem is Slats will overpay guys who shouldn't be overpaid and then will play cheap with guys who deserve it.
Wishful thinking....if He was like that he would have worked his popcorns off over the summer and would have come to camp chiseled and ready to rumble. He did not do that because he did not want it bad enough to do that.......Asham's glow left in his last year with the Pens. I hope I am wrong.
Not gonna happen, the old guy can be on life support and have his cigars fed to him via an IV and he'll still be pluggin' away with Dolan's money. It's a sick gig. Would YOU give it up?
@Iron Mike Asham does have a surprisingly good release on his wrister.
how can we keep blaming the coach…all i know is no matter who I'm playing for…I'm always playing for myself and my team… these guys should be doing that and they are getting PAID big bucks…shouldn't matter if this team had no coach…lack of heart, work ethnic and passion comes from within the players……and i really don't think we will ever be a cup contender with the soft team we have, cup contenders have size speed and scorers throughout their line-up…we have size(thats never used), speed we do have, but it all means nothing because we have maybe one real natural scorer in nash.
lundqvist dubacle is no ones fault but hanks…he needs to be better. And u can blame AV too much…idk why everyone is so blind but our team is not very good at all, theres not much to work with and thats no ones fault but sathers for how he built this team
@MikeBlue As good as Nash has been, you think we will be adding him to that list of players we signed and gutted the team for?
Well said Dolan's father turned over MSG and Cablevision to his boy only because they were cash cows and "Big daddy" knew Little Jimmy couldn't screw things up.....guaranteed winners if you will.
Dolan has "man crushes" on senior managers who he thinks are winners.....enter Mr. Sather. No one cares about production and growth in either MSG or The Knicks and The Rangers because production and growth are built into all three entities due to fabulous fans like you and me.
P. S. Dolan fancies himself as A rock star (and I am not kidding) and appears with his band at smaller venues around the country.....that is why he missed the last two home games. The only way Sather would be fired is if Big Daddy Dolan would threaten to pull MSG from Little Jimmy's control. That will never happen because "Big Daddy" is glad that little Jimmy is out of his hair and over off to the side where he can't harm the family business.
@EHBIGAPPLE Not as simple as that. Asham played ok in pre-season, and Powe played great in pre-season, but NYR needed cap room and it made sense to bury their salaries in the AHL because they were eligible under the CBA to only carry a fraction of their cap hit if they went through waivers. They were both sorta doomed from the start because of their contracts and that was the primary reason they were sent to the AHL.
Me too. Lets just hope this wakeup call meant more to him. Honestly, its all we got at this stage of the game.
@SpazzBrown the one that had 109 points, the one tthat was a game away from the finals 15 months ago. the team that was considered the toughest to play against in the nhl ? that cup contender.
@PacNYR44 the paid big bucks is such a bs copout. they get paid the same as evertyone in the league its a fn salary cap.don give these players too much credit here, they are bunch of guys in there 20's . ofcourse they need coaching and guidance and demands and kicks in the fn ass. Are you kidding??? so because they get paid they automatically learn the very important x's and o's of hockey? they automatically condition themselves and train and practice? they draw up there own power plays? call there own lines? i would argue the coach in hockey is the most important of all, nfl guys have all the help in the world like assistants, headphones, live video prints and all that sideline bs they do. nhl guys have to feel the pulse of the team and each player, change x's and o's on the fly and make line change decisions every 30 seconds . and right now hes making all the wrong decisions and in my opinion is inflicting serious damage on the psyche of this team with his lax bullshit.
YES, im blaming the coach and the coaching change we made. This very hockey team is about 15 months removed from our franchises 2nd best regular season ever and an OT goal away from game 7 of the conference final. why is it so hard to believe they arent the same team? because dubi anisimov and prust are gone?(gaborik/nash a wash in my mind) cmon you really think those guys were the reason we had 109 points? nope , it was the petal tto the metal coaching style. these guys were eating pucks running thru walls and shitting fire when there coach acted and demanded that style. now they have taken on the personality of the new guy and its relaxed, laid back offensive minded hockey , thats what we wantted thats what we get. Problem is its a square peg with a round hole we are blue collar core tryingm to play west coast long pass speed/pinch hockey .
@PacNYR44 see above comments please.... sathers biggest mistaket in years was firing torts. this team is solid, they had 109 points and 11 playoff wins just year and half ago. how is there not much to work with? best goalie , supposed world class talent in nash and mcdonagh? so in 2011-12 there wasnt much to work with when they won the east and were upset in a game 6 ot of the semis? then you proved my pointt that torts worked magic and should still be here.
@MikeBlue @shoot_the_goalie I hope you are right and it provides a wakeup call to Dolan, but history has told us different. The Knicks, NYR, & MSG, year in year out turn out large profits, regardless of the quality of product put out. And pricey free agents (whether good or bad) want to play in NY cause of the exposure.
@EHBIGAPPLE Totally agree with your philosophy. It was up to Asham to prove that they shouldn't have to bury him for salary reasons. If Asham plays great and effectively, they find a way to make his contract work. My point is that he and Powe were starting at a immediate disadvantage because of the cap situation and their contracts. I actually think Powe got totally screwed by his contract. Powe was great in pre-season, AV raved about him, but you know Slats was like "we need to send Powe down cause we can bury his cap hit no matter how well he's playing, cause I signed Richie to this ridiculous contract which I'm not yet ready to own up to".
O.K and I totally understand your thinking. From where I come from nothing stops a man or a woman from getting what they want except what they allow to happen to them.
If Asham would have gone balls out in preparation for the season he would have playing for The Rangers or would have been playing for another NHL team.....If you think you can or if you think you can't you are right.
We all need to frame your response....well said.....well said
Sather is the one who should be held accountable. He is the one who made those personnel changes including the coaching changes. Remember where and with what kind of team Sather had his greatest successes (the Oilers with Grets, Kurri,Mess etc.) Sather has never been able to change from his Pre- Cap strategy.
On the other hand AV is exactly how you described him and that is why The Canucks let him go. Canucks senior management realized that to win the cup the Canucks have to play far more like a Torts team. Canucks saw the changes and successes playing out in L.A., in Anaheim, St. Louis, and most recently in SJ and finally read "The Cap" writing on the wall.
@PacNYR44 and why did vancouver all of a sudden fire him ? because he got cocky and complacent. why did we fire tortts? he was too raw for NYC media. thats why, and he was getting the tteam negative press. yeah the players bitched about him, so what they are just soldiers. Do the marines like there drill sargeant?? hell no. but does he do a good job preparing them for battle ? HELL YES
@PacNYR44 the difference between this team and that team is dubinsky, prust and anisimov. if you think they were the difference then your a fool, whats the other missing ingredient? the coach. you want to talk last season? torts had no training camp,no nash, no staal , richards admittely at about 25% and callahan and hagelin with seperated shoulders the whole season. besides the fact that managment traded away 40 goals b4 the playoffs to make up for the lack of depth.