Arron Asham had no illusions entering training camp.
“I came in knowing that it would be do or die” said the 35-year-old winger who will join the Rangers’ lineup for Monday’s game against the Kings after having been a healthy scratch for the opener in Phoenix. “I wanted to show that I could contribute to this team this year but I also want to prove that I can play in the league next year.”
Asham had a strong camp after clearing waivers in late June. He is one of the few Rangers who play a bruising style. That’s why he’ll be on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett against the Kings and also against the Sharks on Tuesday while the more finesse-oriented Jesper Fast will take a seat for at least the next two games.
“We’re playing one of the biggest teams in the NHL [on Monday] a team that rolls four lines has size up front and on defense and uses its size” coach Alain Vigneault said following practice. “The Sharks are a big team too.
“Arron is one of our most physical