8/7/07

Bye Bye Asham

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/07/2007 03:25:00 PM

Good Bye and Thank you to Arron Asham. Today he signed a contract with the New Jersey Devils, terms not disclosed according to TSN.

I will add more articles if Islanders or Asham have something to say but his
NHLPA profile will likely be first with his salary for next season, do not count on many comments from him as a member of the Devils.

NY Islander Fan Central Comments:
Arron Asham was the kind of player who outright won 2-3 games a year with his great acceleration and shot. To me he is one of the best middle weight fighters in the NHL and his hit toals reflect his grit and how hard he works. That said for years he disappeared for far too many stretches of games and forced coaches who put him on the top lines to move him down to the fourth line because he did not produce. His fifteen goals in his first season here should have only been the beginning after stealing him from Montreal in the Czerkawski trade.

Reportedly he played a good part of last year with a bad hand/wrist that may have been a factor for him but his point-less streaks for years always stood out as did the games he was a major offensive factor in winning.

Good signing for the Devils, but the right move for the Islanders to say goodbye at this time. Thanks for making Barnaby cry and the great stretch drive in 02-03.

2 comments:

  1. I will miss Asham, but there must be reasons we may never know as to why the Isles weren't willing to match Jerseys' $700k offer. Attitude, conditioning, effort? Whatever, Ted was in on the decision and he knows best.

    The Devils have gotten tougher and the Isles haven't other than at Bridgeport; that could be a problem if it's not addressed before October.

    I wish Arron luck but I'd rather not see him 8X a season.

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  2. I think Nolan and Snow have seen enough of his disappearing act.

    He's too talented for his lack of production, Isles offered a two year contract last summer.

    Clearly not too many teams were lining up for his services if he took a 200k pay cut.

    He could make those eight games against NJ tough for us to as if they were not tough enough already.

    Good talking to you Ron..

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