At The Hockey News, Ken Campbell writes that if Jason Arnott, who turns 38 this season, is willing to sign for the same money that he did in St. Louis $2.875 million, he could be one of the “steals of the summer.”
He writes that while Arnott is no longer the 30 goal scorer he was in the past “He’s good on faceoffs, still has a lethal shot and can play on the power play.”
Campbell adds “He would be a good pickup for a team looking for a third-line center who can move up and down the depth chart as needs change.”
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.
According to the Vancouver Sun there the Canucks and and Jason Arnott have held preliminary talks and Arnott’s agent said “There seems to be some mutual interest.”
The paper notes though that the Canucks won’t look to sign Arnott until the Shane Doan situation is resolved and that if they do sign Doan, they are unlikely to sign Arnott.
On Arnott, the paper says that he is the kind of player the Canucks want to add “Arnott does seem to fit the mold for what the Canucks are looking for in a third-line centre. He has good size — 6-5 and 220 pounds — and is still capable of chipping in some offence. In 72 games last season with the St. Louis Blues, Arnott had 17 goals and 34 points.”