(HockeyStL) -- After a week of skating with the Blues, it appears that Jason Arnott will not be becoming a member of the team. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted the news on Sunday afternoon that the Blues and Arnott are going their separate ways.
Arnott, 38, has 1,244 National Hockey League (NHL) games to his name, in which he has accumulated 938 points (417 goals, 521 assists). Arnott also won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000.
Arnott was with the Blues last season and played in 72 games. He had 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) while sporting the Note.
The Blues took a look at Arnott because of lengthy injuries to key players. Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion), Andy McDonald (knee) and Alex Steen were all placed on injured reserve (IR) in a relatively short time period, forcing the Blues take a look at the proven veteran. However, both McDonald and Steen have been skating, inching closer to a return, while Tarasenko took to the ice on Saturday for the first time since being diagnosed with a concussion in late February. With each of these players improving, and perhaps some nearing a return, Arnott’s services weren’t needed.
Adam Cracknell and Chris Porter, who were called up from Peoria to fill in, have pleased Ken Hitchcock with their play, leaving no reason for the team to bring in help.
Arnott underwent surgery on his knee in the offseason, which some speculate kept New York Rangers from signing him a few weeks ago. The Blues however, were aware of the circumstances, but according to Jeremy Rutherford this isn’t the reason Arnott was not signed by the Blues. Rutherford said that Blues general manager Doug Armstrong felt Arnott had a strong showing this past week while practicing with the Blues as he traveled with them on their road trip. However, due to the possibility of McDonald and Steen returning from their injuries in the near future, Armstrong didn’t feel pressured to bring in Arnott.
There was also speculation that things were perhaps ‘rocky’ between the Blues and Arnott after last year’s disagreement in the playoffs where Arnott felt he should be playing and head coach Ken Hitchcock disagreed. Reports indicate that Arnott and Hitchcock had a discussion about Arnott’s role before Arnott began practicing with the club. The discussion supposedly ended any tension between the two.
Arnott relayed that he still has a passion for playing, but after failing to find an NHL team willing to sign him, Arnott’s NHL career could be nearing its end.