Penguins sign Arron Asham to a one year deal

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Arron Asham on a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal is worth $775,000.
Asham, 33, recently completed his first season with the Penguins. The veteran winger was one of Pittsburgh’s top performers during the postseason, leading the team with three goals and tying for the team lead with four points in seven games.
During the regular season, the Portage La Prairie, MB native appeared in 44 contests, notching five goals, six assists and 11 points after originally signing as a free agent with Pittsburgh on August 20, 2010.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound forward joined the Penguins last summer just months after collecting seven points (4G-3A) in 23 postseason contests for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009-10, helping the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final.
Prior to joining Pittsburgh, Asham spent his first 10 seasons playing for Montreal, NY Islanders, New Jersey and Philadelphia after being selected by Montreal in the third round (71st overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Heading into this season, Asham has amassed 190 career points (87G-103A) and 864 penalty minutes in 692 regular-season games. He has added 17 points (9G-8A) in 59 postseason contests.
Before making his NHL debut with Montreal against the Penguins on Nov. 28, 1998, Asham spent four seasons with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In 266 career games with the Rebels, he posted 131 goals, 161 assists and 292 points.
Notes: Left winger Mike Rupp rejected a two year deal and is expected to test free agency and explore his options, according to sources.

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