According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Twitter, the St. Louis Blues will not sign unrestricted free agent, Jason Arnott.
The Arnott saga has ping ponged back and forth over the past six weeks when the club initially looked at signing the 18-year NHL veteran. Key injuries have plagued the Blues, namely to Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Andy McDonald, forcing the club to consider signing Arnott who played in St. Louis last season.
Originally Arnott failed the team physical when his knee was considered not to be up to healthy standards for the daily grind life as an NHLer can have on a body.
Three weeks later the Blues and Arnott were said to be interested in exploring a deal when the injury bug again crept up on the team. Arnott had been rehabbing the knee and all systems were a go that included the veteran skating with the club last week to prove he’s able to still compete at the game’s highest level. It was believed the team would sign him over the weekend when the Blues played three games in four nights, the perfect time to relieve some of the regulars with the burden of logging additional ice-time.
Sunday morning Rutherford tweeted the news that the club would not be signing Arnott, finally ending the drama that has gone on since early February.
The #stlblues have decided not to sign free agent Jason Arnott.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 10, 2013
Arnott still believes he can play in the NHL and will be looking for a home before the trade deadline comes and goes.