Familiar face back in Jersey 

June, 21, 2010

Jason Arnott wanted to come back to New Jersey. Privately, he'd been asking about a return to the Devils for the past several months -- dating back well into last season. On Saturday afternoon, Arnott's wish came true: The Nashville Predators sent their captain back to the Garden State for young winger Matt Halischuk and a second-round pick.

At 35, Arnott slots nicely into the No. 2 center role behind top pivot Travis Zajac. I figure he'll have his old pal, Patrik Elias, working on his left side. The two skaters combined with Petr Sykora to form the productive "A Line" during the club's championship run in 2000.

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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.