Asham (back) ready for Washington

March, 23, 2013
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rangers enforcer Arron Asham (back spasms) said he's good to go for Sunday's game against Washington, although it will be a coaching decision as to whether he plays. Asham has not played since Feb. 19 against Montreal, missing the past 15 games.

"Hopefully I can get in," Asham said. "It's been a long time here. I'm itching to get back at it."

Asham recently started skating as he tried to make his return, and said that he feels close to 100 percent. He's confident that he can go out there and deliver a hit, and isn't concerned about how his body will respond to his physical style of play. Asham plays on the team's fourth line and brings an element of toughness to the Rangers as he's not afraid to drop the gloves.

"I still know it's there a little bit but nothing that's going to keep me out of the lineup," Asham said. "Like I said it's the coach's decision and hopefully he can throw me in there."

He added: "It's going to be nice to get out there and get in the flow of the game. Every game is like a playoff game for us right now. Hopefully I can bring some life to the team and get things rolling here."

THAT WAS FAST: As the Rangers search for ways to galvanize their offense, a former draft pick could be on his way. Sources told the New York Post that 2010 sixth-round draft pick Jesper Fast is waiting to be released by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and could join the Rangers next week.

The Rangers signed Fast to an entry-level deal in May and scored 18 goals and notched 17 assists for HV71 of the Swedish Elite League. Since Fast could play for the Swedish national team in the World Championships, he would need to be granted clearance to play with the Rangers.

The Rangers could use a boost from Fast as their offense has been stagnant this year, averaging just 2.37 goals per game. As of Saturday afternoon, the Rangers were tied with San Jose for the fewest goals scored in the NHL. While Rick Nash has been a stud offensively, the rest of the offense hasn't been playing up to par and it's led to the team's inconsistency.

"We got to find ways to score goals," Rangers center Derek Stepan said. "We got to defend better and do everything else, but it starts with scoring goals. We have to get some goals in the back of the net and they have to be ugly ones."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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