The New York Rangers agreed to terms with a pair of physical players in veteran forwards Arron Asham and Micheal Haley, who are coming from the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, respectively. Asham joins the Rangers on a two year, $2 million contract; Haley also a two year, $1.2 million contract.
Asham will now have played for every team in the Atlantic Division, beginning his tour of the division back in 2002 when he signed with the Islanders. Last season Asham recorded five goals and 11 assists, and was a minus-five in 64 games played.
Haley, 26, has registered two goals and one assist, along with 151 penalty minutes in 43 career regular season games over three seasons with the New York Islanders.
In search of a possible replacement for Ruslan Fedotenko or John Mitchell, the Rangers also picked up Taylor Pyatt from the Phoenix Coyotes who brings decent point production out of the desert. Pyatt posted nine goals and 10 assists last season with the Coyotes, and brings good size to the forward lineup at 6’4″ 228 lbs.
Pyatt also had four goals and two assists in the postseason for the Coyotes.
Overall, it will be quite interesting to see what grittiness Asham can bring to the fourth line where he is most likely destined to be paired with Mike Rupp and possibly Haley. Pyatt is more than likely a third liner, and could be paired with Artem Anisimov or Carl Hagelin.