3:44PM The Blues are reportedly considering Arnott back, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
3:25PMAccording to Andy Strickland, Jason Arnott wants to play this season and the reason why he “failed” his physical with the Rangers may not have been injury related.
Strickland says that he isn’t sure that Arnott, the Rangers coaches and Glen Sather were on the same page.
11:04AM: Glen Sather tells Andrew Gross that the team is looking to improve and that they won’t go down the Jason Arnott road again. Sather told Gross, “he couldn’t pass a medical”
10:48AM: According to Andy Strickland, Jason Arnott’s knee was reportedly at 100% in August after offseason surgery.
Arnott also dealt with shoulder issues last season and was not cleared by Rangers doctors to sign a one-year contract.
8:12PM: Darren Dreger tweets “The NYR weren’t comfortable with Arnott’s physical status. I get it… a few miles on that frame. Still think he can play and help a team.”
7:56PM: Arnott missed six games in February last season with a shoulder issue.
7:35PM: Nick Kypreos says that Arnott had knee surgery in the offseason.
7:30PM: Strang says that it is not yet known what caused Arnott to to fail his physical.
7:21PM: According to Katie Strang, Jason Arnott did not pass his physical and was not cleared by Rangers doctors.
The one-year deal that was agreed to last night, pending a physical, is off.
She adds “Rangers were aware this could be potential issue and, as such, proceeded with caution. Explains why no confirmation from team Sat night”
In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that Glen Sather never forgets a face and with his signing of Jason Arnott he is following a path he took with the Oilers in bringing in players that previously played under him.
Matheson says that Arnott lost his way with the fans and pressure turned to move him.
On moving Arnott, Sather said at the time ”This is a trade we had to make. There was pressure from the community, the media and most of all pressure that Jason brought on himself. It was a situation that he couldn’t seem to get out of.”
Sather reportedly almost dealt Arnott to the Rangers in 1998 for Alex Kovalev.
At the time Sather was hired by the Rangers, Arnott, who was playing for the Devils, said “he’s probably one of the best for the job, no question about it. He’s been known as one of the best, everyone wants him. I don’t think that comes as a shocker to anybody because he’s done so well in Edmonton.”
6:31PM: Al Trautwig said on the broadcast that while it is being widely reported, the Rangers have nothing to announce right now.
Elliotte Friedman writes that the Rangers needed depth at forward and this provides it. He also says that he thinks the Flyers were trying to sign Arnott as well.
Arnott, 38, is flying to NYC and will take his physical tonight.
He is reunited with Glen Sather who drafted him in 1993.
The Rangers have had interest in Arnott over the past few years.
6:16PM: According to Darren Dreger and Katie Strang, the Rangers have signed Jason Arnott.
His cap hit will be $1.6 million.
Over the last three seasons Arnott has averaged about 18 goals a year and over the last two years he has put up nearly identical stats of 17 goals and 14 assists and 17 goals and 17 assists.
He had six power play goals last season and averaged 14:05 for the Blues.
In the playoffs he had one goal and averaged close to 11 minutes a night. He is 6-5, 220 and only had 24 hits and 13 blocked shots.
Back in July, 52% of readers said that they wouldn’t mind seeing Arnott with the Rangers.
In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that role players are suffering during the CBA negotiations and most teams have put a freeze of bringing in new players.
Garrioch writes “Many looking for work are guys who are third- or fourth- liners or sixth and seventh defencemen that teams can bring in for depth.”
He adds “Right now, teams don’t want to spend unnecessary money because GMs aren’t even sure there is going to be a salary floor in the new CBA. The players available aren’t going to be holding out for big money.”
Players still available are Brian Rolston, Michal Rozsival, Pavel Kubina, Jason Arnott, Kurtis Foster, Andrei Kostitsyn, Cam Barker, Marco Sturm, Chris Campoli, Matt Gilroy and Radek Dvorak.
Adam Rotter: To me, Shane Doan is a luxury and not a necessity in the way that Rick Nash, or improving the scoring, was. Doan would make the Rangers a very deep team and basically add a second Ryan Callahan to the lineup. The only issues with Doan would be contract related both in terms of cap hit and length.
In terms of a Plan B, the Rangers still need to add another player or two to increase their depth in general and have a healthy scratch. Jason Arnott is still a free agent, so is Jesse Winchester, who the Rangers reportedly had interest in, Jochen Hecht and former Ranger Radek Dvorak. All are bottom six players who, besides Arnott, are very good penalty killers. Doan is the last guy in his tier and everyone else, if the Rangers don’t sign him, are below and would fit a different role.