Found October 07, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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

Asham in, Fast out for tomorrow

Per Steve Zipay, Arron Asham will dress for the first time this season when the Rangers are in Los Angeles tomorrow to take on the Kings. He will be taking Jesper Fast’s spot in the lineup. Asham will skate on the fourth line. While the initial reaction will likely be outrage (How dare this team sit a kid? He should be in the AHL then. Insert complaint here), it’s worth noting...

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#Fancystats: On keeping Boyle/Pyatt over Miller

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John Tortorella promptly makes friends with another television network

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Rangers’ Miller demoted to make room for ‘Fast’ rookie

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Callahan’s return helps Rangers deck Kings

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