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Jason Arnott as a Devil in 2010
Could a third time be a charm for Jason Arnott?
Arnott played for New Jersey from 1997-2002 and then returned in 2010-2011 for 62 games before being traded to the Washington Capitals. Arnott scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the 2000 Stanley Cup against Dallas, and developed great chemistry with current Devil Patrik Elias.
Arnott was a victim of the debacle that was the 2010-2011 season, posting 13 goals and 11 assists in an offensively challenged scheme. However, he scored four goals in 11 games with Washington after his trade from New Jersey and put up a solid 17 goals and +13 rating with St. Louis last year.
Despite being on a decline over the past few years, Arnott has still hovered around 20 goals per season throughout his long career. Although that does not equal the 30+ that Parise took with him to Minnesota, it would still fill a void that the Devils desperately need to fix.
The former first round pick would also fit beautifully into the Devils offense now that there is a hole left by Parise. If the Devils move Dainius Zubrus to play on the top line with Kovalchuk, Arnott could be paired with Patrik Elias and potentially regain their old form with aggressive head coach Pete DeBoer.
Arnott is considered by many to be a top-six forward, but he made an average salary of $2.5 million. According to Cap Geek, the Devils still have $14 million remaining in cap space, which would allow them to sign Arnott and still have space to make other moves.
New Jersey has the depth at center that would allow Arnott to become more of a role player rather then a necessary threat. If the Devils can get him for a cheap, one-year deal, I believe it would work out for them.