Buzz: The Useful Players Still Around

At USA Today, Kevin Allen looks at some of the “useful” players who are still free agents.

He lists players like Jason Arnott, Brett Clark, Carlo Colaiacovo and Pavel Kubina.

It has been suggested that Clark, a veteran shot blocking defenseman, could be a good signing for the Rangers. 86% of readers disagreed though.

In the case of Arnott, 52% of readers think he would be a good addition to the Rangers.

Poll: Interest In Jason Arnott?

Steve Zipay of Newsday tweets “Thinking C Jason Arnott, for 1 yr, at right price, would help C depth. Big, 17 Gs last year in St. Lou, once drafted by Slats”

Arnott, 37, had 17 goals and 17 assists last season in St. Louis and had a cap hit of $2.875 million. He played 14:05 last season and

In the past the Rangers have had interest in Arnott but Nashville asked for Ryan McDonagh.

Buzz: Jason Arnott Could Ask To Be Traded Sunday Night

According to Rich Chere of NJ.com, Devils center Jason Arnott could ask the team to trade him on Sunday night.

Arnott has a NTC but the Devils are on a 16-1-2 run which has them nine points back of eighth place and in 13th place in the conference.

..As great as the Devils have been, they need to play this way the rest of the season to get into the playoffs and that is just a little unlikely. I think the Devils could get a nice return for Arnott especially since the market for centers isn’t that hot. A team looking for a veteran leader to help guide a team in the playoffs could do a lot worse than Arnott.

More on Arnott HERE.

Buzz: Jason Arnott Will Have A Decision To Make

At Fire and Ice, Tom Gulitti writes that Jason Arnott will need to decide if he wants to continue with the Devils crazy push for the playoffs or waive his no-trade clause to move to a playoff team.

The Devils are 8-1-1 in their last ten and fourteen points out of the last spot in the playoffs.

More on Arnott here and here.

…It will be tough for the Devils to make the playoffs but they look almost invincible right now.  Arnott will have a little less than two weeks to decide what his plans are but I think in the end he will get traded and end up in Pittsburgh or another team that needs a big veteran center. With the questionable return of Sidney Crosby this season and the Pens fielding a very AHLish lineup, Arnott would be a nice fit for them.

Buzz: The Rangers Plan Of Action For The Trade Deadline

Posted at 8:49AM

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks spoke with GM Glen Sather who said that the Rangers won’t trade any valuable pieces at the trade deadline.

Brooks says that The Rangers will ask about Bryan McCabe but they won’t give up a first round pick or a substantial piece of the future to get him.

He also wonders if the Rangers would send the second round pick they acquired from Carolina, Washington’s pick, to New Jersey for Jason Arnott.

With the likelihood of targeting Brad Richards this summer, Brooks says that the Rangers have no interest in pursuing Stephen Weiss of Florida or Jason Spezza in Ottawa, both who are signed past this season.

In a longshot scenario, Brooks wonders about the Rangers looking into the possibility of Peter Forsberg who just returned for Colorado.

…The best part of this is that it seems like the party line will be that the Rangers won’t be trading anything substantial or valuable to acquire a rental player. We knew that already, but it’s nice to hear the man making the trade say that. Arnott doesn’t fit as he isn’t a number one center at this point in his career. Forsberg is totally intriguing to me but it’s unlikely that he would accept a trade out of Colorado or be able to play on the Rangers top line consistently.

Arthur Staple echoes the same sentiment in Newsday.

Buzz: Would The Rangers Have Interest In Jason Arnott?

In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that the Devils Jason Arnott is definitely available and that Glen Sather, who drafted Artnott in 1993, could be the one to snap him up.

The Rangers were in talks with Nashville to acquire Arnott early in the off-season but wouldn’t move Ryan McDonagh to get him.

He has 13 goals and 10 assists this season, while he is 51% on faceoffs in around 15 minutes of ice time per game. He is in the last year of his contract.

…Well this makes even less sense now than it did in June. The Rangers would probably need to trade one of their forwards if they really wanted to get Arnott but besides his big shot, I don’t know what he would bring.

I think the Rangers forwards are set with what they have, plus Ruslan Fedotenko, maybe Chris Drury, and players like Kris Newbury and Dale Weise in Hartford who have shown they can step in if needed.

Buzz: Rangers Were In Talks For Jason Arnott

In the New York Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers were in talks with the Nashville Predators for their Captain, Jason Arnott.

Arnott was dealt back to New Jersey yesterday.

Brooks writes that the Rangers wouldn’t trade Ryan McDonagh to acquire the 35 year old center.

Arnott is due to make $4.5 million this season on the last year of a 5 year deal. (Via CG)

…Why? What would Arnott bring to the Rangers. He brings a familiar face and more leadership to the Devils who were a team that crumbled last year. Maybe that was all Jacques Lemaire’s fault, but there seemed to be questions about Jamie Langenbrunner as Captain and Arnott will help in the leadership department.

He had 19 goals and 27 assists last year, basically Brandon Dubinsky numbers, and would clog up more of the salary cap. I don’t get it. Maybe to clear money for next off-season, but how can you think about that when you have this season to play.

His size would have been a plus, and physicality but the Rangers have a log jam already at center, Artem Anisimov, Chris Drury, Brian Boyle and presumably Erik Christensen, or a another center to play with Marian Gaborik. Not to mention Brandon Dubinsky, who is shifting to wing, but is also a center. They would have spun this the way they spun the Donald Brashear signing, and it would have turned out with people clamoring for him to be sent to Hartford and screaming that he is taking another players spot.

In the end it doesn’t matter as it didn’t happen and the Ranger obviously felt comfortable not to deal away Ryan McDonagh which is another indication that they think he will sign. But this move seems to speak against what Glen Sather talked about a few weeks ago.

News: Devils Acquire Jason Arnott

According to Jeff Marek of HNIC the New Jersey Devils have re-acquired Jason Arnott from the Nashville Predators.

The Devils send Matt Halishuck and a 2011 second round pick to Nashville.

Arnott is signed for next season with a Cap Hit of $4.5 million. (Per CapGeek)

Alright Nashville, making moves. Now how’s about you trade Shea Weber to the Rangers…

For the Devil this move give them more leadership and a familiar face. It stinks, I was in the middle of texting a friend that the Devils were about to bring back the old gang, only to see everyone else on twitter say the same thing. Still, Petr Sykora should be sitting by his phone…