Pittsburgh Penguins: Is Signing Arron Asham Really a Bad Thing?

August 21st, 2010 by Don Andrascik Leave a reply »
The Pittsburgh Penguins dipped into the free agent market yesterday and recruited the services of Arron Asham for the upcoming season. Asham signed a one-year deal with the Pens for 700K.

The question most Pens’ fans are asking about this signing is why. To some, this move is highly suspect. Fans obviously see that the most glaring hole in the Pens’ lineup is the lack of a top 6 winger to provide secondary scoring.

So it begs the question, what is Penguins GM Ray Shero thinking here? Shouldn’t the priority have been to acquire someone who could provide 20-30 goals this season? It seems Shero has a new vision for the 2010-2011 Pittsburgh Penguins roster and it starts with adding more grit.

When analyzing the Pens’ performance last season, outside of the defense being the most problematic, another weakness was the lack of toughness and not committing to defensive responsibilities from the forwards. 

Some forwards took a passive approach to the game and let things happen as opposed to making things happen. 

Asham is the type of forward who will make things happen and be responsible defensively. He is a gr ...

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