Jason Arnott just won’t go away.
After agreeing to a contract with the New York Rangers prior to the season beginning, the 38-year-old center failed the physical and is still without a home. But he may soon return to a familiar spot, with the St. Louis Blues.
Arnott was with the Blues in 2011-2012, when he appeared in 72 games with them, scoring 17 goals. He did not play in the postseason due to a knee injury. Could he return to Blues, his sixth club in his time in the league, in the near future? That’s looking like a very real possibility.
Apparently, Arnott is going to spend the week skating at practice with the Blues. The agreement is described as “no strings attached”, but if he impresses enough then there may be a spot for him in St. Louis.
If Arnott is going to return to the ice this year, then his best chance may be with the Blues. Playing with them last year, the club is already familiar with his character and what he brings to the ice, so there is as good a match there as there would be with any other potential team.
At 38 years old and coming off surgery, along with having failed a physical, though, does Arnott still bring value to the team? There’s certainly a case to be made that he does. He’s an experienced center, with over 1,200 games of experience under his belt. He has that veteran leadership and can be a terrific presence down around the net.
For a Blues team that is trying to fight off the injury bug, the addition of Arnott would make sense. By the weekend, the team will likely have an idea of whether or not they’ll sign Arnott for the remainder of the year. There’s certainly a fit there, but the rest is up to Arnott.