In a piece over at the Toronto Sun, Arron Asham tells Kevin Hirschfield that he expects a looser environment in the Rangers locker room this season because of the departure of John Tortorella…
"He's very intense and he wants to get the most out of his players," said Asham. "He does a decent job of doing that, but when you're in the same spot for a certain amount of years and you have the same players, the guys seem to get fed up with all the screaming and stuff.
"Having a new face coming in and having a little more fun will be good. It was pretty intense in the dressing room, guys were a little uptight, but now we have a new guy and we can start laughing and having some fun."
…surprised it took this long for a player to publicly throw Torts under the bus, but Asham really isn't telling us anything we didn't already suspect. As Sather said, a demanding coach such as Torts has a shelf life, so when things aren't going according to plan the yelling and screaming can absolutely get tiresome.
…with the Rangers already proving they aren't exactly thrilled with Asham after putting him on waivers already this offseason, I wonder how Sather will react to a player going to the media with what goes on in the locker room.
Speaking of getting waived, Asham discussed that issue as well…
"It was more of a salary thing for signing guys in the next year. They haven't given up on me. I'm still going back and playing for the Rangers," he said.
"Sure, I would have been happy if somebody picked me up. But it's just part of the business. I wasn't hurt or upset or anything like that."
…got to love hearing a current player say he would have been "happy" to be claimed by another team. Hopefully that comment just clinched a one-way ticket to Hartford.
H/T to Spector's Hockey.