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Season Review: Arron Asham

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 9:00 AM / Features
By Sam Kasan
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Season Review: Arron Asham
As the summer of 2010 came to a close and with a new season approaching, the Penguins made a late signing, inking forward Arron Asham to a one-year deal to help add depth to their roster.

Asham was a physical player with extensive postseason experience, and hoped to be an asset to a Penguins team that was already one of the best teams in the league and a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Asham has topped the 100-penalty minute mark three times in his career and helped the Philadelphia Flyers appear in the Stanley Cup Final the previous year by chipping in four goals and seven points in 23 games.

Unfortunately for Asham, a barrage of various injuries limited him to only 44 regular-season games for Pittsburgh in 2010-11. However, once Asham was healthy he elevated his game in the postseason.

In the Penguins' opening round series against Tampa Bay, Asham was arguably the best player on the squad. In seven games he posted three goals and four points, while recording a career-high four-game scoring streak. His three goals were the most on the team, while his four points and plus-2 rating tied for the team lead.

Asham also played physical, pacing all forwards with 21 hits despite seeing limited ice time on the fourth line.

“I only played 40-some games, and didn't really feel comfortable out there during the regular season,” Asham said. “I started to feel better around playoff time, but that’s the way it goes.”

Asham is one of several Penguins free agents, and like his comrades, wants to return to Pittsburgh for the 2011-12 season.

“Next year, I hope to be back,” Asham said. “I came here and the goal was to win a championship, and we went through a lot of injuries and that sort of stuff. But I like the city, I like the fans, I like it here and I hope to be back.

“Hopefully we can get something done and I can make it back here. That’s what I’m hoping.”







WATCH: THE BEST OF ARRON ASHAM







2010-11 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS



2011 PLAYOFFS:
Led team in goals (3) and points (4) in seven games ... Posted a career-high four-game scoring streak in Games 1-4 (3+1) ... Placed second on team, first among forwards, with 21 hits ... Finished second (tied) on club with a plus-2 rating.

2010-11 REGULAR SEASON: Feisty, rugged winger completed his first season with Pittsburgh after signing in the offseason ... Posted 11 points (5+6) and 46 penalty minutes in 44 games ... Added physical presence to the lineup with 107 hits - 2.4 avg. per game ... Recorded his 100th career NHL assist at Atlanta Nov. 13 ... Battled various injuries throughout the season.





REGULAR SEASON STAT CHART



GP G A P PIM +/- PP SH Hits
44 5 6 11 46 - 0 0 107


PLAYOFFS STAT CHART



GP G A P PIM +/- PP SH Hits
7 3 1 4 2 2 0 0 21




PHOTO GALLERY: ARRON ASHAM








Photos courtesy of Getty Images

  Click here to view the full photo gallery of Arron Asham during the 2010-11 season!



GET AWAY DAY: ARRON ASHAM



Below is the full transcript of Arron Asham's chat with the media on the Penguins' locker cleanout day on April 29.

On what he thinks for next year:

Next year, I hope to be back. I came here and the goal was to win a championship, and we went through a lot of injuries and that sort of stuff. But I like the city, I like the fans, I like it here and I hope to be back.



On feeling shortchanged with his injuries:

I only played 40-some games, and didn't really feel comfortable out there during the regular season. I started to feel better around playoff time, but that’s the way it goes. Hopefully we can get something done and I can make it back here. That’s what I’m hoping.



On if there’s been any preliminary discussions with Shero:

No, nothing. I’m sure I’ll have an exit meeting with him, then we’ll go from there.



On his plans for the summer:
I’ll be here till the end of June, then I’ll go back to Canada.


Author: Sam Kasan

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