Update, Jan 27th 9:04 PM:
According to Nick Kypreos at Sportsnet, Arnott had knee surgery this offseason.
Holy crap. I go and hang out with my family for a few hours and everything falls apart. This really is a blow to the Rangers. The Arnott signing would have been a tremendous move for this team. He would have provided veteran leadership and some much needed help on the power play and faceoffs. Obviously, the Rangers are interested in upgrading their lineup, but I'm not sure there's another Arnott-type player available right now.
Update, Jan 27th 7:25 PM:
#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
Well, there goes that idea...
Original Post: Jan 26, 2013 7:30 PM
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 last season in 72 games with St. Louis was 17-17-34.
Badly needed depth signing for a team getting no secondary scoring. Question is, who sits? Halpern who can't win a faceoff, or someone like Rupp who suddenly can't win scraps?
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Jesus Christ guys, 5 games and already we've got ridiculous trade proposals floating around? Stop being such typical NYR fans and have some gosh darned patience. Wait until this team gets their legs under them before we start demanding roster changes....
Could we trade for Brandon Dubinsky? Do you think Howson will remember we traded him to them? Sather can double Jedi him.
I've got a feeling a roster move is on the way if the Rangers continue to flounder... no way this year the Rangers stand pat at the trade deadline.
@thenyrblogneill Totally agree. With this falling apart, do you see them making another move soon? I'm not even sure who's out there. Dom Moore, Sykora, Sturm or how about our old friend Dvorak.
@KevinDeLury @thenyrblogneill Holy crap, Batman - you guys really need to relax...Dom Moore, Sykora, really? I would take Gomez back first! If we never even knew about the possibility of the Arnott signing, there would be none of this talk...continue to flounder? trade deadline? How about we get out of January first. Sheeesh.
@smoothyv @KevinDeLury 48 game season, the deadline will be here before you know it. Under normal circumstances no rational fan would be panicking. I've stated countless times, I've been giving the Rangers a 5 game leeway to get their legs back under them. If they continue to play .500 hockey, through february, you've gotta shake up the roster. I'm thinking the AHL route maybe the way to go for now, but it wouldn't surprise me if something was done much sooner than people realize.
How about trading Halpern for a 3rd pair d man that Torts actually trusts? Eminger played 4 minutes last night. Meanwhile Rupp and Asham each played 2, and Halpern played 5. And Maybe Arnott and Ferriero could be the start of a 4th line that Torts will actually give 10 minutes to.
38 and he has a good solid year left in him , love this signing as a big body in front is what worked tonight more of it cant hurt
Ferriero played pretty good rather him then mitchell so he blocked a shot with his face this guy got speed halpern Rupp and bickel can sit kreider needs more time in the ahl maybe next year
If Arnott plays, we have a revolving bunch of guys that sit, Rupp, Asham, Halpern, Bickel, Ferriero, Kreider, all these guys are all gonna sit ... some of them will see AHL time. The idea is that all these guys can be relied upon for something. Arnott, for that money, is going to be relied upon.
I think it's a great signing, good faceoff guy (badly needed), added grit and size. Hopefully can help chew up some more minutes so they can maybe roll three lines instead. Lord knows line1 is out every other shift
Rupp suddenly starting to lose fights? The guy gets pummeled more than Glass Joe from Mike Tyson's Punchout!
@ShreddyMercury rupp was decent last season... awful so far this year
@cb1 I think if Kreider is healthy you put him on the 3rd line, move Bloyle to the 4th line and bump Rupp.
--- yeah, Boyle went 12-for-20, that's good enough for 60% last night on face-offs ... he and Richards take most of the face-offs by far, Richards went 12-26, 46%
@thenyrblogneill @AnnoyingJoe and i believe it was rupp that set up that scoring chance...They played together in pittsburgh and produced at least a little offense when given the opportunity...i watched a lot of asham last year because i am in the pittsburgh area and he can play a little and has a pretty decent slap shot
@AnnoyingJoe in a heartbeat, never should've left to begin with.
@AnnoyingJoe asham is more irrelevant than jody shelley is, personally i think a trade might be coming