Jason Arnott Fails Physical, Deal With Rangers Off


**Update from Katie Strang of ESPN.com – the Arnott deal is off with the Rangers.

Free agent Jason Arnott failed to pass his physical with the New York Rangers and now his one-year deal with the club is in jeopardy.

According to TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Arnott was not cleared by Rangers doctors after taking the physical in New York on Sunday.

The veteran forward had signed a one-year deal worth $1.6 – $1.7 million with the Rangers, contingent on him passing the physical.  It is not yet reported if the deal will fall apart completely and send Arnott back to the free agent wire, or if the Rangers will look at restructuring the deal.

Arnott, who has played 19 seasons and 1,244 career games in the NHL has scored 417 goals and 938 points.  He is believed to have had interest from another club prior to the Rangers signing him and at 38-years old, it is believed that Arnott can still help a club during this shortened season.

He also has 122 career playoff games under his belt, something that could be vital for a team needing a veteran presence as they look to make a run at the playoffs.

Last season with the St. Louis Blues, Arnott scored 17 goals and added 17 assists.

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