Welcome back for your next dosage of Rangers stink. Time to profile the 4th most annoying Ranger. Inhale, exhale.
#4 Arron Asham
Mr. Asham is a newcomer to the New York Rangers this year, but he comes with his fair share of baggage. As Caps fans know, he is a former Penguin. This is enough reason to be completely annoyed with this player, but the Caps have a specific beef with Asham. Early on last season (when Asham was with Pittsburgh,) Jay Beagle, after tussling with Kris Letang, picked the wrong fight and took on Asham a little too enthusiastically. He got some of his teeth blasted out as well as a concussion. Asham threw two punches, and then skated away from Beagle’s crumpled body while making sleeping gestures. This drew the ire of Caps players and fans, and Asham apologized postgame for the act. I think his apology was sincere, and I think he just got caught up in the adrenaline of the fight.
I respect his character as a man, but this guy really annoys me as a hockey player, and most of this has to do with his collection of sweaters. Having Penguin and Ranger stink on you is no way to the hearts of Caps fans. However, what vaults this goon to number four on this list is his crucial goal against the Caps back in late March. The Caps were leading 2-0 halfway through the first, and were really looking to put the Rangers away early. Instead, Asham somehow becomes the driver on a two-on-one and roofs one over Holtby. Yeah, wait, what? This fourth line goon put one top shelf to get his team back into the game?
The Caps still ended up winning in a shootout, but shootout’s are worthless and Caps players and fans wanted to stick it to the Rangers in regulation. The Caps’ play had been on the rise, but due to Mr. Asham’s career-highlight goal the Caps couldn’t seize full momentum in that crucial game, and that is part of why the Caps have heard so much doubt from the media. Let’s hope fortunes change over the course of the next couple weeks, because I really don’t feel like watching our buddy Arron smile all over Verizon Center ice.