Rangers Sign Veteran Arnott
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The New York Rangers have signed veteran Jason Arnott to a one-year deal and the cap hit is reported to be $1.6 million. This is a signing that not only adds depth to an already well-put together roster but brings in experience that can not be taught.
Arnott has been around the NHL for a number of years, being drafted back in 1993 by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round. He first suited up for the Oilers during the 1993-1994 season where he tallied 68 points in his rookie campaign. Fast forward to 2013 where Arnott has played for a number of teams in addition to the Oilers, they include: the New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and the most recent, St. Louis Blues. While playing in these different markets, Arnott has been rewarded with being the assistant captain in New Jersey for 3 seasons as well as assistant for one year and then captain for three for Nashville. The now 38-year old is not ready to end his career just yet and seems to have enough left in the tank to make an impact for his new team, New York.
Arnott played in 72 games last season for the Blues as well as 7 playoff games. He put up 17 goals and 17 assists for a respectable 34 points for them during the year. He also had a +13 rating and spent 26 minutes in the penalty box. Regardless of his age, his season last year indicates that he can still play an important role in any team’s line up while finding the back of the net.
Jason Arnott has appeared in 1244 NHL games in his career. The Collingwood, Ontario native has posted 417 goals, 521 assists, a +121 rating and 1242PIM with a PPG of 0.75. Additionally, he has racked up a worthy amount of points in the post-season over the years as well. He has 73 points, 76PIM, a +8 rating with a 0.60 PPG in 122 playoff games played.
Updated: Arnott did not pass his physical, the signing fell through because of it.