Holmgren extended, Asham added.

The Philadelphia Flyers have extended General Manager Paul Holmgren’s contract through 2011-2012, and also acquired tough veteran winger Arron Asham.Asham punch

Asham is a rough-and-tumble forward who doesn’t hesitate to drop the gloves and should be a perfect fit in Philadelphia.  He doesn’t have much of a scoring touch, but is a veteran physical presence that could be useful on the depth lines, as he doesn’t make many mistakes.

However, Asham’s move into the lineup means either young forward Steve Downie will start the season in the AHL, or RFA Patrick Thoresen will not be retained.  The latter is the more likely of the two scenarios, since Downie still has untapped potential and is already a fan favorite of Philly.

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