Monday, January 28, 2013
By Luke Lapinski
Just when it looked like Jason Arnott might find his way back into the NHL, ESPN's Katie Strang reports that the deal to bring him to New York is off. The 38-year old had been close to signing with the Rangers, pending a physical. Problem is, team doctors didn't clear him, though the specific reason for their decision isn't known just yet.
Had all gone well, Arnott had the potential to be a nice addition for John Tortorella's squad, adding depth, size and experience up front. Now that he's no longer an option for them, the Rangers could very well still pursue another free agent to supplement their roster. At the moment, most of their production and ice time is coming from their top two lines, so they'd like to work in a little more depth. Arnott, meanwhile, could be close to wrapping up an impressive career. That's by no means official but, if he does end up calling it quits, he'll be leaving the league with 417 career goals, 521 assists and a Stanley Cup title (2000, with New Jersey) to his name.