I’m more than happy going into training camp with the Rangers current roster, but two players that have been rumored to be coming to New York have been making news lately.
Ben Kuzma at the Vancouver Province reports that UFA Jason Arnott might be headed to the Great Northwest aka the Vancouver Canucks…
“There have been some preliminary discussions,” Arnott’s agent said. “He has quite a bit left in the tank and wants to play the game a couple of more years and is willing to go on one-year deals because he understands the business at his age.
“He brings exactly what the team needs and I sense there’s a mutual interest there, too.”
Jim Jamieson at the Vancouver Province adds that the St. Louis Blues decided not to offer the 37-year old Arnott (17g, 17a last season) a new contract because they’re trying to get younger.
Doug McIntyre at ESPN.com says the Toronto Maple Leafs could be another potential landing spot for Arnott.
…not looking good for an Arnott return to the tri-state area. To be honest, I’ve yet to see a legit rumor linking Arnott to the Rangers.
…having said that, I think he’d be a great fit for the Rangers on a one-year contract. Especially if Tortorella isn’t 100% comfortable with Stepan centering the second line. Would mean one less spot for a prospect to possibly win though.
In “Doan Watch” news, Kevin Kurz at CSN Bay Area reports that the San Jose Sharks are among the favorites to land the services of the free agent forward. For more on Doan, keep reading after the jump.
Doan, whose preference is to stay in Phoenix, is reportedly seeking a four-year contract worth $30 million.
Speaking of Phoenix, ownership issues remain a mess as Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy reports potential Coyotes owner Greg Jamison is still $20 million short of the $170 million necessary to purchase the team.
Doan met with the Canucks earlier in the week, who are seen as another front runner to land the Coyotes captain.
Nashville could also be a possible landing spot because of Doan’s familiarity with the city.
…with the Phoenix ownership issue a complete mess, it looks like a pretty safe bet that Doan won’t be suiting up in the desert next season. Having said that, unless his demands are dramatically curbed his new destination will not be New York.
…so looks like no Arnott or Doan for the Rangers. And you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that. I’d much rather watch a bunch of hungry prospects fight for that final spot anyway.
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