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Asham anticipates move to Philly 0

Evan Clark, The Daily Graphic

The Saskatchewan Avenue scrapper, now a member of The Broad Street Bullies, has high hopes for his new stomping grounds.

Portage la Prairie product Arron Asham signed a two-year, $1.25-million contract with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers on July 7. Now 30 years old, the journeyman right winger made the deal with the same dream in mind that got him to the NHL in the first place.

"I'm there to win a cup - that's the most important thing on my mind," said Asham. "Last year with the Devils, we came up short in the first round and that's definitely disappointing, but this is a new start and I think we have the guts to do it."

"I think it's going to be good, I think Philly definitely fits my game. They're a rough-tough hockey team. I'm definitely going there excited. They had a great run last year in the playoffs and my goal right now is to win a Stanley Cup before my career is over, and I'm running out of years. I think Philly is my best chance."

The signing ended Asham's one-year tenure with the New Jersey Devils, a station pockmarked by a much publicized argument with coach Brent Sutter, and a relegation to the fourth line.

"It was blown out of proportion," said Asham. "It was the heat of battle, it was practice time, and everything is very intense with Brent (Sutter). It was nothing against him, I thought he did a great job last year, at that time I think we'd lost two in a row so everyone was pretty mad, it just sparked up. I have no hard feelings. I had a great time in Jersey, I met a lot of great guys there; it just didn't work out. You can't always get along with everyone coaching-wise."

In Philly, he'll serve under manger John Stevens.

"It seems like his players respect him. He seems like a player's coach, and I've had a couple chats with him and he told me what he expects so I'm just going to go there and work hard and play my style," said Asham of his new boss. "They told me that they brought me in to play. They don't want me worrying about fighting as much, so I just get to go there and play some hockey and have some fun."

eclark@cpheraldleader.com

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