Katie Strang at ESPN reports that Arnott flew out to New York, was examined by Rangers team doctors, and was not cleared. Arnott missed time last season with a shoulder injury and had off-season knee surgery, although it is not yet known what set off the red flags. The Rangers will now have to move to plan B for finding a depth forward.
Some options still available still include Brian Rolston (old but has booming shot, Dominic Moore (would be a great fit but has personal issues and might take the year off), Daymond Langkow (older and it looked like he still had a tiny bit left in the tank), and others.
Arnott and NYR agree to contract. 1 year. Cap hit around $1.6 -$1.7.Contract being finalized now. Arnott en route to NYC.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 26, 2013
Arnott is not the player he once was but his season totals in goals over the last three years reads as 17, 17, 19.
Arnott adds secondary scoring to the roster and helps provide depth at the forward position. Many fans have been calling for an additional forward to be added after seeing the Rangers need to use Stu Bickel on the fourth line. Arnott seemed to be a preferred choice amongst many.
Even at 37-years-old Arnott will still likely have the hardest shot on the Rangers and could help breath life into the powerplay. He has scored 16 powerplay goals over the last three years.
With over 100 playoff games on his resume Arnott is no stranger to the pressures of the road to the cup.
A good player at a fair cap hit, Arnott is a very welcome addition.
Stefan Matteau is about to put on a Devils jersey and Jason Arnott a Rangers jersey. It just does not sound right.