The New York Rangers have recalled forward Arron Asham from the Hartford Wolfpack and sent down J.T. Miller in his place, according to the team's official beat writer Jim Cerny.
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) December 9, 2013
Asham, 35, played three games with the Rangers this season prior to being sent down to the Wolfpack. He had two assists in 12 games during his time in Hartford.
Miller, 20, was called up from the Wolfpack prior to Saturday's game against the Devils. In his two games he produced two shots and was a -2.
What is the logic behind this move? Well, it's tough to give a specific answer. Miller definitely is better suited developing in the AHL, though it's a bit bizarre that they would call him up and send him back so soon after. I don't think Vigneault is blaming Miller for the underwhelming performance of the team this weekend. Ultimately, though, it's the right move to send him back down.
Asham does bring two things to the table. He does bring a physical presence, which never hurts and is sorely needed with Dorsett shelfed for the time being. Asham also brings a bit of character and desperation. He's always been a great locker room guy and hard worker, and surely he'll see this as what might be his final chance with the Rangers and perhaps in the NHL altogether. After the team more or less sleepwalked through the games against the Devils and Capitals it could be benificial to bring in a guy who will be hungry to make his mark and will bring a bit of urgency and unrest. If Asham manages to prove his worth then it could mean bad news for Pyatt or Pouliot. Maybe the move will cause a few depth guys to worry about their job security and light a fire under them.
Of course, Asham has not exactly lit the AHL on fire during his time in Hartford and I don't know if there are any mind games Vigneault can play that will cause Pyatt and Pouliot to be productive. At this point, though, the team doesn't have much choice but to throw things at the wall and hope something sticks.
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