New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Rangers have apparently backed
out of a contract agreement with Jason Arnott due to concerns about the
veteran center's health.
Arnott and the Rangers had come to terms on a one-year, $1.6 million contract
on Saturday pending a physical, but reports from the New York Daily News and
Bergen Record on Monday said the team will not proceed in negotiations with
the 38-year-old after reviewing his medical records.
The 18-year veteran did play in 72 games with the St. Louis Blues a season
ago, recording 17 goals and 17 assists, but underwent arthroscopic knee
surgery during the offseason.
Arnott has amassed 417 goals and 938 points during his long NHL tenure, which
began with the Edmonton Oilers in 1993 and consists of 1,244 regular-season
games. The Ontario native also owns 73 points over 122 career playoff games
and was a member of the New Jersey Devils' Stanley Cup championship team of
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