Penguins sign Asham - 08-20-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins have signed unrestricted free agent right winger Arron Ahsam (right) to a one-year deal worth $700,000.

In 72 regular games with the Flyers last season, Asham, 32, had 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists), a minus-2 and 126 penalty minutes. He averaged 10:04 of ice time per game during the regular season. He appeared in all 23 of the Flyers' playoff games and contributed seven points (four goals, three assists), a plus-4 and 10 penalty minutes.

Asham, 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, is a seven-year veteran who has also played for the Canadiens, Islanders and Devils. He was a third-round pick in 1996.

Asham was involved in an incident last season where he accused Penguins forward Matt Cooke of biting him on the hand during a 2-1 Penguins win Jan. 24:

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EN Says: We like the signing, but we just don't know how Asham fits in. He's a physical, gritty, hard-checking type who would be ideal for the third line. The only thing is they already have a player like that in Matt Cooke.

That said, unlike Cooke, Asham doesn't offer a great deal in regards to special teams.

Regardless, Asham is an NHL-caliber player and he will only improve the competition for spots on the NHL roster next month in training camp. This move improves the team's depth.

One area Asham will immediately upgrade is toughness. Despite being on the small side, Asham will defend a teammate and will fight pretty much anyone:

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Asham will also occasionally offer a little bit of a scoring touch, particularly around the net:

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(Photo: Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)

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