Arron Asham Signs With Penguins
A few months later, the two teams met again, and this time it was Flyers forward Arron Asham accusing Matt Cooke of the same thing, only Asham had a few more choice words for the Penguins agitator, calling him, among other things, "gutless."
And now? The two will be teammates this upcoming season as Asham inked a one-year deal worth $700,000 with the Penguins on Friday night. Should make for an interesting round of introductions at training camp.
Asham brings plenty of toughness to a Pittsburgh lineup that already had quite a bit, and will round out a bottom-six that already contains Cooke, Tyler Kennedy, Max Talbot, Mike Rupp, Craig Adams and Eric Godard as potential options. Playing against that team looks like it could be as much fun as chewing on glass.
Along with his brand of grit and tenacity, he also has the ability to produce a bit of offense, scoring 10 goals to go with 14 assists for the Flyers last season. He's averaged about 24 points per season over the past six years.
The deal leaves the Penguins with about $1.7 million in cap space.
Earlier this offseason Pittsburgh invested heavily in its blue line by snagging free agents Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek, surprising those that figured the team would be looking to invest in a top-six winger to play alongside Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin. Even with their patchwork group of wingers -- which do leave plenty to be desired -- the Penguins were still the fifth-highest scoring team in the NHL last season, while finishing 20th in terms of goals allowed.
There's also been some talk around Pittsburgh that Jordan Staal, previously the team's third-line center, would make a move to a top-six role and be reunited with Malkin (the two played together during their rookie seasons in 2006-07).