Found January 27, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
No, he’s no longer available. He’s a Ranger. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) In case you missed it yesterday, the Rangers signed Jason Arnott last night to a one year, $1.6 million contract. It was something that I talked about just that morning, so it’s rather funny that the Rangers inked him that day. Arnott, 38, spent last season with the St. Louis Blues, putting together a line of 17-17-34 and a +13 rating. Arnott likely won’t be expected to play a scoring role with the Rangers, especially with Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, and Rick Nash in tow. Instead, Arnott will be relied upon to provide depth and stability to the bottom six forwards, something that has troubled the Rangers this season. For starters, Arnott will bring his 50.3% faceoff win percentage to a team winning face offs at a 46.6% clip. Arnott will also bring that depth and stability mentioned above. For a while now, we’ve been discussing how the Rangers will not survive if their fourth line consists of Mike Rupp, Jeff Halpern, and Arron Asham (here, here, and here). Arnott’s presence will likely push one of them out of the lineup –barring injuries– and serve as a matchup forward. Since Arnott will not be relied upon offensively, he will clearly be on the roster for his defensive abilities. That said, Arnott has not been relied upon defensively for at least two seasons. His peripherals last year (read more here) weren’t all that impressive, with a 6.4 GVT, 2.1 PVT, -.067 QOC, 3.9 RCorsi, and 60.3% OZone Start. His numbers were similar for the 2010-2011 season. What these numbers mean is that although Arnott does provide a positive presence and will lead to more points in the standings (GVT/PVT), he wasn’t the guy that St. Louis relied upon to do the heavy lifting defensively, as he faced a negative QoC and started just 40% of his shifts in the defensive zone. While those are the two most recent seasons, it doesn’t exactly paint a picture of Arnott’s entire career. In the 2009-2010 season, Arnott had a much better QoC (-.009), a RCorsi that is consistent with his previous two years (4.4), but he started significantly more shifts in the defensive zone (50%). Those numbers are pretty consistent throughout his career in Nashville. It’s going to be interesting to see how Arnott is deployed by Torts. While he is a solid two-way player, his skating –especially at 38-year-old– isn’t top-notch and he has never been relied upon to play a role like Brian Boyle does for this team. With the team in desperate need of depth, Arnott will at least provide some stability, once he gets his feet back under him. Tweet

Arnott does not pass physical, deal with Rangers is dead

Per John Shannon, the “newly signed” Jason Arnott did not pass his physical for the Rangers. This will kill any potential deal with the organization, and Arnott will return to the free agent pool. No details have been released about what prevented him from passing the physical. However, Arnott did have knee surgery over the summer, so that may be what killed it. Tweet

Report: Arnott fails physical with Rangers

On Saturday, the New York Rangers reached a contract agreement with free agent center Jason Arnott. A day later, the deal apparently was dead. According to and, Arnott failed his team physical, scuttling his contract. Neither report indicated the reason he wasn't cleared. The deal reportedly was worth between $1.6 million and $1.7 million, according...

Now that Arnott Signing Blewup, Who's Available?

With Jason Arnott failing his physical, depth still remains an issue for the Rangers. So, Jeff Klein at the New York Times takes a look at free agents still available... "The top-scoring free-agent forward remaining is Petr Sykora, 36, who scored 21 goals for the Devils last season. But he is not considered a good fit for a Tortorella team. The No. 3 scorer is Andrew...

Rangers sign Jason Arnott

Via Darren Dreger, the Rangers have agreed to terms with veteran center Jason Arnott on a one year deal worth between 1.6-1.7 million.  More to come as details become available, but considering the Rangers’ lack of depth at forward and the early season face-off woes, I think this is a great pick up. Tweet

Rangers Will Not Revisit Arnott

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record has this quote from Glen Sather on Jason Arnott failing his physical... “He couldn’t pass a medical so we’ll move on, that’s all I can tell you." Obviously, the interest in Arnott proves the Rangers are interested in upgrading their roster, which Sather also addressed... “We’re always looking. We have 10 rookies at Hartford...

Arnott Will Not Be Signing With The Rangers

#NYR Tentative one-year deal between Rangers and Jason Arnott is OFF, source tells ESPN NY. Was not cleared by NYR team doctors — Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) January 28, 2013

Monday (1/28/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers pass on free agent Jason Arnott New York Post - Vet fails Rangers physical Daily News - Staal and Del Zotto Score with Rangers top line Daily News - Rangers rescind Arnott deal after physical Newsday - Rangers to Jason Arnott: No deal Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at

A look at which forwards are still free agents

Why yes, Jason Arnott is still available. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Yesterday we discussed how the Rangers forward depth is clearing becoming an issue for the club. Before the season started, we had also discussed how the Rangers could definitely use a forward to help make that fourth line stronger. Keep in mind that the Rangers need bottom six help, but it doesn’t necessarily...

Rangers Add Veteran Arnott On One-Year Deal

With the Rangers getting off to a slow start, Glen Sather has made a move to bolster the roster. Thus signing Jason Arnott to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million, pro-rated. The deal will become final on Sunday once Arnott passes his physical, so this means he won’t be in the lineup tonight but he should be ready [...]

Ferriero recalled by Rangers; Arnott coming?

The Rangers recalled forward Benn Ferriero from Connecticut of the AHL and might soon have forward Jason Arnott to provide veteran depth at center. Ferriero had an assist in his debut for Connecticut on Friday and was set to join the Rangers for the first time Saturday against Toronto. He was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday for forward Chad Kolarik. Rumors that...

Sunday (1/27/13) Headlines

Bergen Record - Rangers' third-period surge lifts them past the Leafs, 5-2 Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Veteran Jason Arnott agrees to join team New York Post - Rangers dominate after falling behind early New York Post - Lundqvist returns to royal glory after rough start Daily News - Better late than never: Rangers net four third-period goals to top Maple...

What’s Bob McKenzie Talking About?

The first half of the interview is spent on rookie talk, will they stay in the NHL or not?  The next topic is Jason Arnott followed by the hot NHL teams, surprises and how will it all shake out.  

Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 2

The New York Rangers (2-3-0) defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs (2-3-0) by the score of 5-2, tonight. For a box score go to Yahoo! Sports. might have taken 4 1/2 games, but it looks like training camp is finally over for the Rangers. Loved the energy and resiliancy tonight. If they can play with this kind of intensity for the rest of the season, the wins are going to pile...
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