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Official announcements on the Asham and Haley signings

Posted By Carp On July 1, 2012 @ 7:57 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 181 Comments

From the Rangers:

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH ARRON ASHAM

NEW YORK, July 1, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Arron Asham.

Asham, 34, skated in 64 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, registering five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, along with 76 penalty minutes.  He notched a goal while making his 700th career appearance on October 20 against Montreal, which began a stretch of points in four of five games through October 29 at Toronto (one goal, three assists over the span).  Asham recorded his 200th career point with an assist on December 16 at Ottawa.  He also skated in three playoff contests with the Penguins.

The 5-11, 205-pounder has skated in 756 career games over 13 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 92 goals and 114 assists for 206 points, along with 940 penalty minutes.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Asham will be the first player in NHL history to have skated for all five current Atlantic Division teams once he makes his debut with the Rangers.

Asham established career-highs in goals (15), assists (19), points (34), shots on goal (114), and power play goals (four) while skating in 78 games with the Islanders in 2002-03.  He also tallied single-game career-highs in assists (four), points (five) and plus/minus rating (plus-four) that season, on March 25, 2003, at Chicago.  Asham registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the final 13 games of the 2002-03 season.

In postseason play, Asham has recorded nine goals and eight assists for 17 points, along with 50 penalty minutes in 62 career games with Montreal, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.  He established career-highs in games played (23), goals (four), assists (three), points (seven), shots on goal (32), and plus/minus rating (plus-four) with Philadelphia in the 2010 playoffs.  In the 2011 playoffs, Asham led Pittsburgh in goals (three) and tied for the team lead in points (four).

Asham made his NHL debut with Montreal on November 28, 1998, against Pittsburgh.  He recorded his first career point with an assist on December 18, 1999, at Toronto, and notched his first career goal on December 29, 1999, against Ottawa.

The Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native was originally selected by Montreal as a third round choice, 71st overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH MICHEAL HALEY

NEW YORK, July 1, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Micheal Haley.

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.  Last season, he ranked second on the Islanders with seven fighting majors despite only skating in 14 games.  He made his NHL debut on April 10, 2010, at New Jersey, and tallied his first NHL point with a goal on February 11, 2011, against Pittsburgh.

Haley spent the majority of last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points, along with 125 penalty minutes in 51 games.  He established AHL career-highs in goals, points, shots on goal (101), and plus/minus rating (plus-four).  Haley tied for fourth on the team in goals, ranked 10th in points and led Bridgeport in penalty minutes.  He notched his first career hat trick on February 11 against Springfield, capping off a four-game point streak that began on January 28 at Syracuse (five goals, two assists over the span).  Haley posted six multi-point performances, including four multi-goal efforts.  In addition, he skated in three playoff contests with Bridgeport.

The 5-11, 205-pounder has skated in 247 career AHL games over five seasons with Bridgeport, registering 40 goals and 33 assists for 73 points, along with 639 penalty minutes.  He established a career-high with 10 assists and surpassed the 20-point mark for the first time in his AHL career with 22 points in 2010-11.  He ranked ninth on Bridgeport in points, seventh in goals (12) and first in penalty minutes (144) that season.  In 2009-10, he ranked 13th in the AHL with a career-high, 196 penalty minutes.  Haley notched a goal while making his AHL debut on December 8, 2007, at Springfield.  In addition, he has tallied one goal in 11 career AHL playoff contests with Bridgeport.

The Guelph, Ontario native was originally signed by the NY Islanders as an undrafted free agent on May 19, 2008.


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