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Arnott has one foot out the door

Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:53 pm
 
Will Jason Arnott’s second tour of duty with the Devils end after New Jersey plays the Florida Panthers this afternoon?

The veteran seems to be hoping so with the trade deadline less than 24 hours away.

“I want to play in the playoffs,” Arnott said in an interview.

That doesn’t seem likely with the Devils despite the fact they have been the league’s hottest team over the last seven weeks. New Jersey has moved 16 points closer to a playoff spot than it was on Jan. 8, but still remains a very large 11 points shy with quarter season remaining.

“It’s a pretty big hill to climb,” Arnott said.

One that would take something akin to a second Miracle on Ice. And Arnott, best known for scoring the Devils Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime against Dallas in 2000, knows that. He was brought back in a trade with Nashville last June to help a team with title aspirations. But with the Devils’ playoff hopes bleak at best right now, the 36-year-old Arnott is among the potential rentals GM Lou Lamoriello has to dangle if he decides to start looking to next season and beyond.

For his part, Arnott seems anxious to waive his no-movement clause.

 “Obviously I want to stay, that’s why I came back, but it would be quite a gamble,” Arnott said. “We’re in such a big hole it’s pretty tough to bounce back from that.”

Mind you the Devils have been doing a pretty good job trying, with an amazing 16-2-2 run since early January. Arnott has been part of the turnaround, but after Friday night’s loss in Tampa, he said he had to think about moving on. The defeat was the first for New Jersey in nine games but it was coupled with a win by the eighth-seed Carolina Hurricanes.

“It’s the last year of my contract and I’m getting older,” Arnott said. “I want to try to win another Stanley Cup.”

Arnott might get the chance because he is one of the more appealing rentals out there, which could help drive up the price a bit for the Devils as the 3 p.m. cutoff approaches Monday. Arnott is a big center who can score, and he would be a good fit on a team looking for size down the middle and a second-line anchor. 

He is pricey however with more than $1 million of in salary left this season and he can walk as an unrestricted free agent this summer, so his trade value is somewhat diminished.  And of course, the Devils may decide that a move at the moment isn't in their best interests when a playoff spot is still a possibility. We'll know by Monday.
Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:36 am
 

Arnott has one foot out the door

I guess you can count me as delusional also. I think the Devils can make it but it is highly unlikely. This team could have folded months ago but yet stayed the course and turned it around. We are getting to see some young guys play well and KOVI showing why he is the man.

Arnott good luck somehwere else if it happens. You deserve a chance to win and thanks for being part of the turn around.

A little luck and great play can go a long way. The top seed doesnt want to see the Devils anywhere near the playoffs :)



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Arnott has one foot out the door

Even Arnott knows all of these Devils fans are delusional if they think they're making the playoffs.

I don't know if it's impossible anymore. About 3 or 4 weeks ago or so this team was 18 points out without  a prayer.  Now they are only 9 out with a game in hand on Carolina that's in 8th place.   Their next 8 games consists of 6 games against Atlanta, the Islanders and Ottawa,,, hardly contenders with their next 2 games being at home against Tampa and a Pens team struggling without Crosby and Malkin....  if they win 6 of those games and the teams in front of them only go .500 or worse, things get interesting fast.

Either way his request has nothing to do with Jersey making the playoffs anyway.  He wants to compete for a Stanley Cup... not going to do that in Jersey this year...



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Arnott has one foot out the door

Even Arnott knows all of these Devils fans are delusional if they think they're making the playoffs.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Arnott has one foot out the door

The Cap hit is only what the acquiring team assumes of the deal.  Since Arnott is an UFA after this season, it's roughly a $1M hit.  The downside is the acquiring team has no rights to Arnott after the season so trading more than draft picks doesn't make a lot of sense.  I'd love to see him in a Caps unfiorm.

I understand the roughly 1 million dollar cap hit and how it works.  What I'm saying is the team trading for him if they are at the cap has to trade or drop the equivalent salary which would mean a player or players making a combined 4 million dollars.

And I'm not being mean so don't take this the wrong way but why are Sabres fans even thinking about Arnott.  There is zero chance he goes to Buffalo..  he only wants to be traded to a contender and Lou won't trade him to anybody but a contender... Buffalo is not a contender ... Buffalo isn't even guaranteed a playoff spot right now and even if they get in, are the furthest thing from a contender.



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Arnott has one foot out the door

The Cap hit is only what the acquiring team assumes of the deal.  Since Arnott is an UFA after this season, it's roughly a $1M hit.  The downside is the acquiring team has no rights to Arnott after the season so trading more than draft picks doesn't make a lot of sense.  I'd love to see him in a Caps unfiorm.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Arnott has one foot out the door

Penner maybe, but the Sabres can't get Arnott, they are not a contender at all.  He won't agree to go and although he doesn't have a no trade clause the Devils will respect his wishes and trade him to a contender...

The problem Arnott is going to face is his cap hit... Sure, Wes said there is only about a million dollars left on his deal but his cap hit is over 4 million dollars I believe.  A team trading for him that's right at the cap has to get rid of a 4.5 million dollar player.... normally those are pretty good players and a lot of times younger then Arnott..... 

Tough trade to make in a hard cap league like the NHL.... but we'll see.  He'd look great in a Wings uniform.



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Arnott has one foot out the door

Hoping the Sabres go for him or Penner


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