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.